Things are heating up for one California junior college corner as some of the D-I schools have been out to get an early look. That is what happens when you lead the state in interceptions and you possess excellent size, speed and leaping ability.
Diablo Valley College (Calif.) cornerback Castine Bridges is on track to be out in December with his AA degree and is a likely candidate to have a deal in place by the end of the 2005 season. Bridges has been taking summer school courses and cramming in night courses in order to make it happen.
"I'm doing excellent in school," said Bridges. "I'm on track to be out in December."
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Bridges is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and can dunk a basketball. He runs the 40 in 4.5 and loves the early attention from scouts.
"I'm a bit overwhelmed right now," said Bridges. "Talking to scouts and coaches is a bit scary, but fun."
Bridges finished tied for the state lead in interceptions with eight and admittedly could have had a few more if it had not been for a few drops along the way. He was named to the jucaltransfer.com all state team for his efforts as well as earning all conference recognition.
Bridges would love to play in the Pac-10 but certainly will not rule out any D1 schools.
"I want to play in the Pac-10, but as long as it's D-I I'm okay with it," said Bridges. "My main goal is to play D1 football."
Bridges attended Pinole Valley High School and was recruited by San Jose State out of high school. Like many in the junior college ranks, Bridges failed to qualify academically and therefore had to take the JC route.
Missouri, Fresno State and Iowa have all been on campus at Diablo Valley to get an early peak at the talent. Kansas is also rumored to be making an appearance soon as the California spring season starts kicking into high gear.
When asked about a wish list, Bridges listed Oregon, Cal and Missouri but reiterated that he would be excited to play anywhere so long as it is D-I.