For Justin Bright it's been a strong junior season. The 2009 safety prospect has been productive this season for the most part but a nagging injury has slowed him in the past two weeks. Blessed with good size at 6'1 185 pounds and 4.5 speed Bright projects as one of the top defensive prospects in a strong 2009 class in the Palmetto State. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Bright for an update on his season and his recruitment in this exclusive Q&A.
KF: You guys (Byrnes) have been on a tear so far this season, are things coming together like you thought they would?
JB: A lot of people all over the state have doubted us this year. Everyone said that with Coach Bentley, Willy Korn, Chad Diehl, Stanley Hunter and Xavier Dye gone now that Byrnes is slippin, they're goin down hill. As a team early on we felt like nobody respected us and we took it personally. We worked hard and set out to prove to everybody we are a good football team. I think the farther we get into the season the better we have come together as a team. Our goal as a team is to get better every week and so far that has happened and we gotta keep it up.
KF: You got hurt in the game against Clover, what happened and how bad is it?
JB: I got my ankle rolled up on in a pile when I tackled the running back and I have a sprained ankle. It's not too bad. I was trying my best to get healthy for the game against Gaffney though. I was planning on gritting it out but it was just painful but after warm-ups cutting was tough and I knew I wouldn't be able to play my best and when your playin a team like Gafney you have to bring your A game. Now I plan on getting healthy for possibly next week against Mauldin or the week after against Boiling Springs.
KF: What are your stats so far this season? (Bright has only played in a little over 7 games technically with his injury against Clover)
JB: I've got 87 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery for a TD, 3 INT's with 1 of them for a 80 yard return for a TD, and 5 pass break ups.
KF: You've had a great stretch of games over the past few weeks before the injury with some big hits and interceptions. Do you feel you are playing the best you've ever played currently?
JB: Well I feel like I'm doing what I should be doing and what is expected of me. I have great coaches who prepare the team and myself every week and as long as you execute and do what your coached to do success on the field is the result. As long as your putting yourself in position to make plays only good things will happen.
KF: What are your goals for the rest of your season?
JB: Win the region by winning our next two games and gain homefield advantage in the playoffs. Then, take it one week at a time and win the state championship. For myself I want to get my ankle healthy so I can come back 100% and finish out the season with a solid year and a ring on my finger.
KF: What games left on the schedule are you looking forward to playing the most? Why?
JB: All of them because every single time I step on the field I love to play the game of football.
KF: What schools are you hearing from the most?
JB: South Carolina.
KF: What schools are recruiting you the hardest?
JB: I haven't really heard much from anyone except for a lot of letters and stuff but I would say South Carolina right now.
KF: Have you taken any visits?
JB: No not since the summer but I plan on going to a South Carolina game before the season is over.
KF: Would you rather have make an interception or have a huge hit on a opposing player?
JB: Interception so I can get the ball in the endzone or either give the ball back to our offense so they can score. A huge hit just mixes it self in every once in a while. (Laughs)
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