Rutgers Intensifies Recruitment of Pa. WR

Rutgers recently increased its recruiting of a receiver from Pennsylvania, who, in turn, said he will visit the campus during spring practice. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is known for his soft hands and football IQ. He has been in contact with the Scarlet Knights coaching staff with increased frequency lately.

Conestoga High (Berwyn, Pa.) receiver Dexter Bridge finished an impressive workout at the Nike Combine last weekend and one of the first phone calls he made was to Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck.

It came after the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Bridge ran an impressive 4.06 in the shuttle, and a self-improved 4.60 in the 40-yard dash, and speaks to the relationship Bridge is building with the Rutgers coaching staff.

Bridge, who holds offers from North Carolina State and Illinois, said Rutgers' interest increased lately, and he plans on visiting the school soon.

"During spring break I was thinking about stopping by Rutgers,'' Bridge said. "I know I'm probably going to do that. As far as (visiting) other schools, I'm really not sure at this point.''

Bridge doesn't have tremendous speed, but his size and hands are what college recruiters like. He caught 42 passes for 692 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and is also getting interest from Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, Boston College, Michigan State, Penn State and Notre Dame.

"I just talked to a coach from Michigan,'' Bridge said. "I'm sending my tape to them.''

A crucial part of the recruiting process is relationship building, and Bridge is doing that with the Rutgers staff.

"It's kind of casual talk (with Fleck), just to get to know each other, and keep in touch every now and again,'' Bridge said. "I call him whenever I have a combine, and if anything happens.''

Bridge added one of the things he enjoys is the honesty of the conversations.

"He said he went over my film and was talking about how I have great hands, and how I never give up on a play,'' Bridge said. "He'll see a play where it looks like I'm going to get tackled, but I suddenly find a way out of it.

"The things he said he had a question mark on were my quickness and agility. But he was saying from the results of the combine, he sees I'm a pretty quick kid.''


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