Bruins Keep Eye On 2009 QB

Mission Viejo (Calif.) High traditionally cranks out top quarterbacks, and they have a prospect in the class of 2009, Allan Bridgford. The 6-4, 185-pound junior is definitely one to watch, and he already has a Pac-10 scholarship offer...

Mission Viejo (Calif.) quarterback, Allan Bridgford (6-4, 185), is already being touted as the next great Diablo passer.

Bridgford, who is in the class of 2009, picked up his first offer, albeit verbally, from Stanford.

"They had been recruiting me for a while. I met Coach Harbaugh and he watched some of my film. I went up to one of their camps during this summer and met with the coaches. I threw in front of Coach Drevno and the offensive coordinator. After they evaluated, they offered."

But with only half of his high school career complete, Bridgford said he was in no rush to make a college decision.

"I'm going to take some time," said Bridgford. "Stanford is a great school and things can always change, but I don't see myself committing until before my senior season. Maybe this time next year."

Though the Cardinal were the first to offer, Bridgford said that a handful of other schools have showed interest in him.

"I've talked to Colorado, USC, Notre Dame and UCLA," said Bridgford. "I've camped at USC and Notre Dame. And Nebraska is another school I'd list."

Still, Bridgford said the offer from Stanford made an impact.

"It was flattering," said Bridgford. "I can't explain how happy I was. Coach Harbaugh said he could hear me smiling through the phone."

From an academic standpoint, Bridgford said his GPA was a 3.5 and he was planning to take his tests this fall.

Bridgford will be a part of what's already becoming a highly touted class of 2009 in the quarterback ranks from the Golden State. He was the fourth passer in that class to receive an offer prior to his junior year, and he'll join Mater Dei's Matt Barkley and Los Alamitos' Clark Evans in a stellar crop from the O.C.

"I've known Matt since before 8th grade when I met him at a camp, and I've known Clark since we were in second grade. We went to Santa Margarita camp and met there. We're good buds. It's pretty cool that we're all in the same class. It will be a lot of fun."

Even with the traditional star power at Mission Viejo, Bridgford said he's been able to stay grounded, and even counts some of the previous Diablo passers as mentors.

"I'm good friends with R.J. Toman (New Hampshire) and talk to Mark Sanchez (USC) often. They are good role models for me," said Bridgford. "I just take things one play at a time. Our coaches do a good job of making sure we keep a small head."

During the summer, Bridgford and his Mission teammates won their own passing league tournament and lost in the semifinals of the loaded Dana Hills tournament as well as the Nike 7-on-7 Passing Tournament.

"Passing league helps, and we always try to win, but what really matters is the season," said Bridgford.

And he'll get a chance to help the Diablos rebound from a surprisingly short season in 2006, when they lost in the quarterfinals to Santa Margarita.

"We have been thinking about it all year," said Bridgford. "Our schedule is pretty strong. We fly out to Ohio to play (Cincinnati) Moeller (in the Herbstreit Challenge), we get De La Salle as well as a couple of San Diego schools (La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad and Vista), then our big league game against San Clemente."

Last year, Bridgford took the reins in game six and threw for 1,642 yards and 15 touchdowns with only three picks in leading the Diablos to another South Coast League title.

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