We had a chance to check out Mission Viejo (Calif.) in action last weekend and their talented junior signal caller Allan Bridgford. Bridgford had a very solid game and showed why he's already receiving a ton of early college interest.
Bridgford, 6-3, 175 pounds is already one of the top quarterbacks in the state and will likely be a national recruit next season. Last Friday against a very good San Clemente (Calif.) team, the Diablos were down 17-0 and 31-14 and Bridgford made several big time throws to help Mission rally to a 31-31 tie.
The quarterback has all the physical tools you could want in a college quarterback. Bridgford has ideal size and the frame to easily pack on more weight. He has a live arm with a quick release and is very accurate. He also showed a lot of toughness taking some huge hits in the game but getting back up and competing every time.
His poise late in the fourth quarter was very impressive as well. With Mission trailing by 10 with just minutes to go, Bridgford converted multiple 4th downs with clutch passes and finished the game with a season high 358 yards and three touchdowns.
"He's a big time prospect," Diablo coach Bob Johnson said. "Stanford has already offered him but he'll have at least 10 by the summer. Everyone knows about him and likes him a lot and I expect he'll basically be able to go wherever he wants.
"I love him as a quarterback. He competes and is very tough. On top of that, he can make all the throws, is a natural leader and I really think he'll be a great college quarterback down the line as well."