Pennsy WR Ready to Earn Rutgers Offer

One of the top receivers on Rutgers board without an offer is Conestoga High's (Berwyn, Pa.) Dexter Bridge, but he will get the chance to change that Saturday when he attends the 7-on-7 on the Rutgers campus. Bridge talked with about the opportunity, and what he needs to show to get the offer from the Scarlet Knights.

Among the plethora of athletes of interest heading into Saturday's 7-on-7 shootout at Rutgers, one high on the list of potential players to gain an offer with a strong performance is Conestoga High (Berwyn, Pa.) receiver Dexter Bridge.

He has been talking to Rutgers regularly for several months, and during a Thursday conversation with receivers coach P.J. Fleck the topic of an offer came up again.

"I talked to the coach a little while ago, and he said they want to offer me but they want to see me in person first," the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Bridge said. "They say they like my film and I'm a great football player."

The ongoing saga with Bridge's recruitment is the lingering question about his speed.

He was running 4.8s last year in the 40-yard dash last year, but he worked on his running technique and his explosion and it paid off with a 4.59 at the Boston College camp earlier this month.

"It's not that they have a problem with (the speed)," Bridge said. "They just want it to be faster."

However, Bridge possess tremendous hands and is a precise route runner. And given Fleck's background of making it to the NFL with 4.8 speed, there is an obvious connection between the two that puts Rutgers in an intriguing situation.

North Carolina State and Illinois remain his two offers, but others could be coming his way after he did well in camps at Michigan State and Boston College.

"Michigan State said I'm still in the mix for the recruiting process," Bridge said. "They said they would like for me to get faster, but they like what I did when I was at the camp.

"The Boston College coach said after their last day of camp they would go back and review and list who they want. They said me making a trip out to Boston was good because it showed I had a real interest in going to Boston College."

Another schools is also in the mix.

"Syracuse sent me a letter in the mail saying they wanted to offer me," he said, "but I've been playing phone tag with the wide receivers coach because I couldn't get in touch with him."

Even with the recruiting going slow, Bridge is not frustrated with the process.

"I understand coaches want to see me in person," Bridge said. "My 40 time isn't where most coaches would like it."

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