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Checking in with Courtney Bridget

Just when you thought the Dunbar football team couldn't get any more talented, the defending 1A state champs picked up a high-profile transfer.

Free safety Courtney Bridget decided earlier this summer that he would spend his senior year at Dunbar, transferring from Calvert Hall.

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Bridget, who recorded 66 tackles, 13 pass breakups and three forced fumbles as a junior at Calvert Hall, joins his cousin, quarterback Jonathan Perry, on the Poets' roster. Bridget and the rest of his new teammates have already had an extremely busy summer.

"It's been kind of hectic the past couple of weeks," said Bridget, who has camped at Delaware, Maryland, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia, in addition to participating in 7-on-7 tournaments with Dunbar.

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Bridget, 6 feet 3, 185 pounds, spoke with Recruiting Report recently about his transfer and recruitment.

What prompted your transfer from Calvert Hall to Dunbar?

I just felt like I needed a change in scenery. I needed to play against better competition and play with better competition. My father said in order to beat the best, you have to play the best. I felt comfortable with [Dunbar head coach Lawrence] Smith and [assistant] coach Travis [Blackston]. ... I just thought I needed a change of scenery. Hopefully it's a change for the better. Right now it looks like it is.

Do you have any offers?

I have an offer from Liberty University down in Lynchburg, Virginia. Back in March, Oregon said they were going to offer. They wanted to see my grades and make sure I could qualify. I just sent in my NCAA clearinghouse [materials three days ago], so it's just a wait-and-see for my grades with the schools. I expect everything [to be OK]. I've been on top of my grades and everything. ... I'm in summer school class just getting credits right now. I don't know if it's possible -- I just have to talk to coach Smith [and the administrators at Dunbar] -- but I could graduate early. I don't know where that's going to go. My plan is to try and graduate early and get into college for January.

Talk about your visit to Rutgers for camp last month.

Going up to Rutgers was really exciting to me. To me, that was the best camp I've been to. The best talent was there, it was well constructed, and just a real, real live atmosphere. Everyone was jawing back and forth -- it wasn't to the point of getting into a physical confrontation, but everyone was competing real hard. The thing that really stuck out was [Rutgers head coach Greg] Schiano was actually on the field helping with the drills. Normally the coaches just walk around, but coach Schiano pulled me over several times, just to help me out, show me how I can disguise my coverages a little bit. It was the elite tips he was giving me. He wasn't overseeing everything -- he was working, trying to get us better while evaluating talent.

What has been your best camp performance?

I felt I performed my best at the Temple camp. I ran real well, tested real well. … I ran my fastest 40 of the summer, which is 4.48. After the camp I stuck around and worked out actually at receiver. The receivers coach was looking at me possibly as a receiver, but they said they're not going to keep me there -- they just wanted to see my hips. ... It was a real nice setup there. I enjoyed myself. [The coaches said they were] going to e-mail me soon, so [I'm hoping] to get an offer sometime this week. I basically solidified myself running that 40. They wanted to see if I could move well. Running that 40 basically solidified it.

Are you getting anxious to get more offers?

Yeah, I'm anxious to get offers, but I'm enjoying myself. I'm not saying I like the attention, but it's fun going around to different colleges, going in and out of state and seeing what the schools have to offer. It does get tiring because you hear the same thing as far as [coaches] getting back to you. But there are a million other guys in the same position as me and I'm hearing the same thing. They only have [85] scholarships, so they have to make the right decision. But I'm enjoying myself, meeting different people and coaches. So I can't say that I'm not mad, but I'm a little anxious to see what happens in the next couple weeks.

Click on the YouTube player for junior-season highlights of Bridget.

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