April 20, 2012

Auburn and Wake lead for Bridges-Thompson

Versatility and athleticism are a couple of adjectives that come to mind when describing Justin Bridges-Thompson, and it appears the traditional powers across the college football landscape are beginning to notice the Spartanburg (SC) athlete after a strong offseason.

He claims scholarship offers from Arizona, Hampton, NC State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest, and is receiving interest from Alabama, Auburn and Oregon. Bridges-Thompson believes Auburn is close to offering him a scholarship.

"The schools that really stand out to me right now are Auburn and Wake Forest," Bridges-Thompson said. "Auburn is a great school. "I really think highly of Wake Forest. If you get a degree from Wake Forest you can get a job basically anywhere. You can really develop as a person there."

The 6-foot-2 , 205-pound athlete attended Wake's Junior Day Saturday, Feb. 25, and he visited Auburn about three weeks ago.

"I ate dinner with coach Tommy Thigpen and head coach Gene Chizik," Bridges-Thompson said. "They really like me at outside linebacker. I believe that's where I'm going to play when I get to college."

He spent last season at inside linebacker and free safety before that, but will move to outside linebacker for his senior season.

"I'm between a linebacker-safety type-guy," Bridges-Thompson said. "A couple of schools like LSU they like me as a safety, but a lot of schools like me as an outside linebacker. It depends on with those two, kind of like the spur position with South Carolina, and North Carolina, the ram position."

Bridges-Thompson added he feels most comfortable at outside linebacker, but at the same time he is fine at middle linebacker and free safety.

He recorded 155 tackles and three fumble recoveries to lead Spartanburg to the state playoffs and an 8-4 finish. Rivals.com rates Bridges-Thompson as a three-star recruit.

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