It's been two years since I first saw Bright on the football field. I liked what I saw back then and he's steadily improved and appears to be one of the top defensive prospects in the Palmetto State in the class of 2009. At 6'1 185 pounds Bright has the size that colleges are looking for but he also brings a tremendous knowledge of the game along with some dazzling athleticism. Bright runs a 4.5 in the 40 and uses that speed to deliver some devastating hits on his opponents.
I was on the sidelines during last season's game against Belle Glades Central out of Florida and it was there that Bright should've had his name written down by a number of college coaches. Bright played despite having bronchitis and wowed this analyst with his heart and desire to show up big on national television despite his ailments. The Florida team had all the big names at RB and WR and Bright made sure to introduce himself with brute force on many occasions during the game.
We sat down with Justin recently for an update to see just how things have been going lately with his recruitment and a closer look at the 2009 prospect.
Bright told us that a number of schools have started to recruit him pretty seriously as of late. "Georgia, Clemson, Louisville, and Duke have shown the most interest to this point. Georgia is recruiting me the hardest out of those. I have been getting mail lately from Louisville on a regular basis too." We asked Bright if he had an early list of favorites he wanted to share and he broke it down for us. "Clemson, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina, and Wake Forest are my top five right now."
While he doesn't have any scholarship offers yet that hasn't stopped Bright from taking a unofficial visit. "I went to Georgia's one day camp and I liked it pretty well."
Bright also talked about some of the players he looks up to when it comes to learning on the gridiron. "I look up to Chad Diehl, Willy Korn, Buster Hunter, and Xavier Dye because they all set an example of what it takes to get to the next level."
We also asked Justin to recall his most memorable game in his career thus far and he talked about the matchup against Belle Glades that we mentioned earlier. "The Byrnes versus Belle Glades game last year on ESPN. I made some good tackles and had a good performance. Just the experience of being on national TV and making some big plays. Plus I didn't think I was going to get to play because I had bronchitis. I played anyways and that's something else that makes it memorable because at the end of the game I was exhausted."
He also talked about his goals for his junior season which has already gotten underway with the Rebels taking a 55-28 victory over Hartsville in Week 0 action last Friday night. "As a team we want to win state, individually I just want to have a solid year and have fun."
Still very early in the recruiting process Bright knows what factors he's looking for when considering potential colleges. "The coaches, the education, and being comfortable with the school."
SCPrepNation.com will have more on Justin Bright as the season rolls on and as his recruitment starts to warm up so keep it locked right here.
A Closer Look At...Justin Bright
3 favorite musical artists: T-Pain, Mims, Rascal Flatts
Favorite movie: Chronicles of Riddick
Favorite food: Grilled Marinated Chicken
Favorite subject in school: German and Spanish
Dream school: Clemson
Inside the Numbers
Bench Press: 225 pounds
Squat: 345 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds