For Bright it's been a great career so far. The 6'1 185 pound safety hits like a ton of bricks and runs to the ball like a heat seeking missile. Fans saw evidence of his knack for bringing the wood as he was the primary tackler that sent A.J. Green out of the state championship game this past season. Bright wasn't going in with the intention of hurting anybody but he makes sure that opponents respect him despite some doubting his ability due to his slight frame.
Less than a week after winning the AAAA Division 1 state championship the Rebels continued their strenuous workout regime. "Coach Srock has had the team lift 3 times a week since the week right after we won state. I'm already in my offseason workout and getting stronger already. This past week I started weightlifting class with Coach Miller and Coach Srock. I will be working out 5 times a week on my strength and speed. It will vary day to day what I'm doing. I'm working really hard to get prepared for the Nike Combine held in Atlanta on March 1st. I hope to have a good showing there to help my stock and get a few looks from so colleges that'll be there. I will also hopefully be attending a Scout.com combine when they announce the schedule."
Justin says he'll be going to the Nike combine in Atlanta and probably the Scout combine if it doesn't conflict with a busy offseason team schedule in regards to lifting weights and various 7 on 7 tournaments that they'll be attending throughout the summer. "Along with those combines I want to visit North Carolina, Tennessee, and possibly Florida State too."
With a huge stack of mail awaiting him daily Bright enlightened us with the schools who are recruiting him the hardest at this stage. "South Carolina, North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia, Georgia, Notre Dame, Maryland, North Carolina State, Michigan, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. I met coach Lilly from Florida State last week. He talked to me and Marcus (2010 RB Marcus Lattimore) some."
For now Bright says he's interested in all of the schools mentioned above and is just starting to learn more about Virginia and Maryland. When asked if he has a favorite currently he replied, "No sir, but I do like coach Butch Davis at North Carolina. I will say that there are two teams right now that I would very possibly commit early to if they offered me early."
This past season was a good memory for the most part of Bright but he did suffer with a nagging ankle injury that sidelined him for 4 games. Despite his absence Bright in 11 games had 114 tackles, 6 TFL, 9 pass breakups, 4 interceptions for 137 yards (1 TD), and a fumble recovery for a TD.
During his early talks with college coaching staffs he says most are recruiting him to primarily play either strong or free safety on the next level. He also stated that he has no preference between the two spots as to where he'll be placed once he gets to college.
The Rebels will face 3 out-of-state opponents next season with the latest being West Monroe (LA). The staff and players are excited about the extremely tough schedule but also realize that they will have to work harder than ever to try and run the table again. "Yes sir I'm really excited about the schedule! Coach Miller always finds ways to keep us motivated with all kinds of different stuff and he really got our attention when he told us about who we are playing next season. He gave us a brief idea of the type of program each school has and he mentioned some of the top players that have come through Lincoln High from Talahassee. So we know we have tough schedule on our hands."
"Our goal doesn't change. We want to win the state championship but with this strong out-of-state schedule there's a chance we could be a national championship team contender too. I feel like if we win all of our games then both are possible."
Justin Bright's Super Bowl Pick
"I pick the Patriots because their defense is full of veterans and talent. On offense you have one of the best QB's in the league, maybe the BEST, on top of the fact that their offensive line is one of the best units in the NFL up front. Then, Lawrence Maroney is a solid back who can pound the ball and Kevin Faulk can catch the ball out of the backfield. Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth are lighting fast and can take any play and bust the seam for the big play. And Randy Moss is just a FREAK! The Patriots also have really good coaches so definitely the Patriots."