Recruiting Rewind: A Look Back at Teddy Bridgewater's Recruitment from 2011

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 21, 2013

Recruiting Rewind: A Look Back at Teddy Bridgewater's Recruitment from 2011

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    Teddy Bridgewater has become perhaps the best quarterback in the country at Louisville. With his intelligence and quick release, the Miami native has rare accuracy from the pocket.

    However, Bridgewater didn't always seem destined for stardom with the Cardinals. His recruitment was an interesting series of events that ultimately led him from Florida to Kentucky.

    Here's how it all went down.

High School Rankings

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    For the 2011 recruiting cycle, Bridgewater was the star quarterback at powerhouse Northwestern High School in Miami. His (then) 6'2", 180-pound frame and instincts drew comparisons to former Northwestern High School and Miami quarterback Jacory Harris.

    Bridgewater was a 4-star recruit and No. 100 in the 2011 247Sports composite rankings. ranked him 64th, plus he was 113th in the Rivals 250 and 143rd in the ESPNU 150.  

    The consensus No. 1 player in 2011 was South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Schools Who Were in the Mix

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    By the summer of 2010, Bridgewater had offers from many of the nation's top programs. Florida, Miami, Georgia and LSU were among the top schools for Bridgewater, per Bill Greene of (subscription required).

    Auburn and Alabama were also mentioned by him in a May 2010 report by Mike Bakas of (subscription required).

    However, in June 2010, the talented passer decided to commit to hometown Miami. The Hurricanes' head coach at the time was Randy Shannon, and Bridgewater appeared completely set on playing in Coral Gables. 

Significant Developments

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    Bridgewater's commitment to Miami in June 2010 did not stop other schools from pursuing him.

    In September of that year, he told Mike Bakas of (subscription required) that LSU and USF were still hot on his trail.

    However, several weeks later, Miami fired head coach Randy Shannon. By that time, Louisville assistant coach Clint Hurtt had developed a relationship with Bridgewater, which led to him visiting the Cardinals in December, per Mike Hughes of Cardinal Authority (subscription required).

    He also took a visit to USF, according to Larry Weisbaum of (subscription required). 

The Decision

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    Bridgewater backed off his pledge to Miami in December 2010, which was the same month he committed to Louisville, according to Mike Hughes of Cardinal Authority (subscription required).

    Head coach Charlie Strong and defensive line coach Clint Hurtt were the instrumental people in luring Bridgewater to play for the Cardinals.

    He started out feeling great about staying home and playing for Miami, but the Hurricanes having a roller-coaster 2010 season and firing Shannon helped push him north to the Bluegrass State.

How He's Doing Now

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    Today, Bridgewater has gone from a skinny 6'2" and 180 pounds to 6'3" and 205 pounds. He is considered by many to be the best NFL quarterback prospect for the 2014 draft.

    Bridgewater is a three-year starter who has thrown for 8,895 yards and 65 touchdowns, plus he has completed more than 68 percent of his passes.

    He's a big-time stud these days who will leave Louisville with a ton of awards and records.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.