Kansas State is back to scouring the California JUCO ranks and is the latest Big 12 school to offer Diablo Valley College cornerback Castine Bridges. Missouri offered Bridges in late-May and other teams are likely to be hot on his trail in the near future. Utah, UNLV, Cal and Marshall have all been rumored to be interested in Bridges in recent weeks.
"They're working on getting a visit date set up," said Bridges of Kansas State. "That's a good school, Big 12 and all."
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 is on track to be out in December with his AA degree and is a likely candidate to have a deal in place before the end of the 2005 season. He will take a trip to Missouri on November 12 and has been taking summer school courses and cramming in night courses in order to make it happen.
"I'm on track to be out in December," said Bridges in May. "I'm doing very well in school."
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.
When asked about a wish list back in May, Bridges listed Oregon, Cal and Missouri but reiterated that he would be excited to play anywhere so long as it is DI. Now that other teams have come on board and shown interest, Bridges says Utah would be a place he would really like to go if he got an offer.
"My boy Quinton Ganther goes to Utah and he tells me about it all the time," said Bridges. "I'm working on a trip date with Coach Hill."
Quinton Ganther is a senior running back at Utah out of Citrus College (Calif.) and a teammate of Bridges back in Pop Warner football. They have maintained a close relationship ever since.
Bridges is 6 feet 2, 195 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and will have three years to play two following the 2005 season.