What was it like for Bright and his Rebel teammates to win the state championship? Bright replied, "Priceless! There was so much hype built up coming into the Summerville game and everybody was so intense. I remember talking to Marc (Marcus Lattimore) before the game and it hit us that we were getting ready to play for state and how big this win was going to be to put Byrnes High School back on top. The results showed how bad we wanted that to happen. The work we put in paid off and that's a great feeling."
For a while Bright was unable to suit up for the Rebels due to some nagging ankle injuries and he talked about how it affected him and his status currently. "Yeah when I sprained my ankle against Clover that really hit me hard because I was having a great year. I missed four games and it just really slowed down what my year could have been. My first game back was against Northwestern High in the 2nd round. My ankle still bothered me, but I just fought through the pain and came out and had a good game. I ended up getting me a interception. I think that showed my coaches and teammates that I was back and ready. I'm glad to say that I'm 100% healed right now."
Despite missing 4 games Bright still managed to come up with 114 tackles, 6 TFL, 9 pass breakups, 4 interceptions for 137 yards (1 TD for 78 yards), and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Given the success that he and his squad enjoyed this past season we asked Bright to determine what team he felt was the toughest that they faced. "Centerville High from Ohio because they ran the option offense in a way we hadn't seen in SC. Those guys up North are very physical too." That squad also had the 2 toughest players Bright says he faced last year as well. "Their running back James Cravens and quarterback David Fleming are very tough."
The game versus Centerville also provided Bright the stage for his best game of the year as well. "When we went up to Ohio to take on Centerville I had a career high of 24 tackles in one game, 2 of those tackles were for a loss and one broken up pass. The other game that stood out to me this season was when we took on Spartanburg High. I had 6 tackles 2 interceptions and returned one of them 78 yds for a TD."
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our interview with Justin Bright tomorrow. The 2009 prospect will talk in-depth about his recruitment, offseason plans, what schools lead for him currently, recent visitors to campus, and who he thinks will win the Super Bowl and why.