Rutgers Visits Rising Pennsylvania Receiver

Dexter Bridge

Conestoga High (Berwyn, Pa.) receiver Dexter Bridge finished a long spring of unofficial visits, and was at Rutgers for the spring game. He doesn't hold an offer from the Scarlet Knights, but was told he could get one if he attended a June camp and performed well. So, what does he think of that? And will he be back on campus? Bridge provides those answers, and much more insight to his recruitment.

As Rutgers' assistants made the rounds this week during the spring evaluation period, a stop was made at Conestoga High (Berwyn, Pa.) to see receiver Dexter Bridge.

Scarlet Knights co-offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca visited the school to evaluate film, speak with Bridge's coach and learn more about the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder who could be close to getting an offer.

Ciarrocca's visit came 12 days after Bridge made an unofficial visit to Rutgers for the spring game, where he learned what needed to be done for him to earn an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

"They said they liked everything they saw on film,'' Bridge said. "They'd really like me to go to the camp (in June) so the head coach (Greg Schiano) can see me. "Coach Ciarrocca and (receivers) coach (P.J.) Fleck like me a lot, but they said the coach wants to be comfortable with seeing me in a live evaluation, and from there it would be a good chance I get an offer.''

But will Bridge return for Rutgers to showcase his ability in camp?

"Definitely,'' he said. "My dad, he likes the school. My brother likes the school. They seem excited to have me (visit). I like the campus. I just have to get to know the coaches and see if I like being coached by them. It's definitely a place I'm looking into.''

When Bridge attended the spring game, he was able to see the facilities and get a feel for the campus.

"I like the weight room,'' Bridge said. "It was pretty big, and they have the 55-yard (track) in the middle. I like their training room, and just in case there was an injury, they can help you get back on the field as soon as possible. And right down the hallway from the training room, they have academic support, so it's good because you don't have to go too far for extra help if you need it.

"I like the program, I like the coach and I like the school. Having an offer on the table, another option, would really help so I can find the right place for me.''

Bridge holds offers from North Carolina State and Illinois, but is getting recruited from a few handfuls of schools.

In addition to Rutgers, Boston College, North Carolina State, Duke, Iowa and Syracuse were at Conestoga to see him. And during the spring he visited a number of schools, including Ohio State, which is where he saw an interesting drill performed by the receivers.

"They had these glasses that cut off your vision, and you couldn't use it as an excuse,'' Bridge said. "As soon as we got there, one of the receivers, the coach was like, ‘The glasses don't fit.' And the coach said, ‘I don't care, make it fit. You gotta get better.' ‘'

Bridge doesn't have a hard, tight list of leaders, but he did say several caught his eye when he reflected on his spring visits.

"The schools that really stood out were Rutgers, Illinois, North Carolina State, Boston College, Michigan State and Ohio State,'' Bridge said. "But I'm pretty much open for any school. I'm giving all schools an equal look.''

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