QB Prospect Allan Bridgford

UCLA is taking a close look at Mission Viejo (Calif.) quarterback Allan Bridgford, the 6-3.5, 215-pound strong-armed passer, who's already been offered by three Pac-10 schools, and has some teammates who are set to be Bruins...

Mission Viejo (Calif.) quarterback Allan Bridgford (6-3.5, 215) is one of the slew of 2009 quarterbacks that comprise one of the deepest groups at the position in years out West.

Bridgford was offered by Stanford in the spring of his sophomore year, and since the Cardinal became the first school to offer, three more schools have extended him an offer.

"I've been offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech and Stanford," said Bridgford. "I'm also talking with Cal, UCLA, Boston College and Notre Dame regularly. I'm going up to Cal this weekend and Notre Dame is coming to watch me on May 5th. Oklahoma came this week, Boise State is coming soon and Texas Tech was coming on Friday."

Arizona State became the most recent school to offer Bridgford and he's planning to get out to Tempe in the next few weeks to check out the campus and the town. UCLA has hosted Bridgford for a spring practice earlier this month and the Bruins are showing serious interest in him.

"I talk with Norm Chow a couple of times a week," said Bridgford. "I was at their first Saturday spring practice and talked with the coaches. Jeff Baca (who signed with UCLA in February) and Alex Mascarenas (who committed to UCLA earlier this month) are both good friends of mine and it would be fun to go to school with them. But that's not a big influence for me."

Bridgford said six schools made his top six, including Arizona State, Boston College, Cal, Notre Dame, Texas Tech and UCLA.

"I'm hoping to see what all of my options are before I make my decision," said Bridgford. "I want to see who else offers me so I can look at all of them the closest. I probably want to make a decision before the season."

Bridgford said he anticipates a pickup in his recruitment thanks to a strong junior year and a good performance at the Nike Camp last weekend. Aside from the aforementioned schools who would be coming by the Mission Viejo campus, Bridgford is also expecting other schools to come by.

"A bunch of schools have said they would be coming by at some point to see me throw," said Bridgford.

With his decision, Bridgford said a few factors would be considered.

"The location is important, most of my top choices are close by," said Bridgford. "Then the coaches and how good the school is and how good the team is will be important."

During his junior season, Bridgford threw for 2,508 yards and 22 touchdowns with a 62% completion percentage. He also rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

A good student, Bridgford has a 3.5 GPA and will take the SAT on May 3rd.


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