Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: 6 JUCO Ranking
Hometown: (Gulf Coast CC)
Projected position at OM: Cornerback/Safety
Accolades: JUNIOR COLLEGE: Rated a 4-star prospect by all the major recruiting services ... Listed as the No. 6 JUCO player by Scout.com, No. 8 by ESPN.com ... Listed as the top junior college cornerback by ESPN.com and Scout.com ... Helped Mississippi Gulf Coast to back-to-back 8-2 seasons and MACJC semifinal appearances ... Earned NJCAA first team All-America honors ... Earned MACJC Most Valuable Defensive Back, All-Region and All-State honors ... As a sophomore, in nine games, he totaled 33 tackles, three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and nine pass breakups ... He also returned 16 punts for 234 yards, a 14.6-yard average, including a 55-yard return for a touchdown ... As a freshman, in nine games, he totaled 28 tackles with a forced fumble and two pass breakups ... He also returned nine kicks for 267 yards, a 29.7-yard average, and 17 punts for 132 yards ... Coached in junior college by Chad Huff ... HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a 3-star prospect and rated the No. 100 cornerback by Scout.com ... As a senior, he helped Hattiesburg to a 9-5 record, intercepting two passes, returning one for a 99-yard touchdown, in a first-round win over Gulfport ... Earned first team All-State honors ... Participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game ... A four-sport athlete, he was named Best Offensive Player in the MAC All-Star Basketball Game ... Coached in high school by Danny Nowell.
Recruiting Competition: Tony was committed to Auburn, but Ole Miss was relentless in their pursuit of the talented DB and finally won out by showing him “the most love.” In-state pride also figured into the equation in the end.
GCCC DB Coach Stevon Moore: "We are talking about a young man who has a 42" vertical jump and plenty of speed. When you combine that with excellent ball skills, outstanding hands and football instincts that can't be taught, you've got the total package. I knew he was an outstanding athlete, but after he got to Gulf Coast, I saw how he could read things and sense things that maybe some others weren't picking up on," Moore stated. "Tony also became a student of the game. He studies receivers and quarterbacks hard and can read them very well. Tony is a good tackler and is very physical. He loves contact. If it was up to him, we would have had live scrimmages every day in practice.”
Scouting Report: Bridges’ physical nature, length, leaping ability and field awareness make him the total package and a player who is expected to come in and compete for a starting job.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “We felt it was imperative to get more length at corner to cover the big receivers we face these days. Tony has that length plus he has a great vertical. The fact that Stevon Moore vouches for him means a lot to me to. We expect Tony to contribute/impact quickly.”
Signee Spotlight: Tony Bridges
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