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Teddy Bridgewater, Top QB Recruit, Switches From Miami To Louisville

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2010

Louisville Head Coach Charlie Strong Picked Up Another Big Commitment In QB Teddy Bridgewater
Louisville Head Coach Charlie Strong Picked Up Another Big Commitment In QB Teddy BridgewaterAndy Lyons/Getty Images

The Miami Hurricanes have officially experienced their biggest possible recruiting casualty since the firing of head coach Randy Shannon back in late November.

Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a five-star recruit who is widely considered to be one of the best dual threat quarterback prospects in the county, announced his commitment to coach Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals earlier today. Bridgewater, a one-time Miami commit who reopened his options after Shannon’s termination, made it clear that the chance to get on the field early was the biggest factor in his decision.

The 6‘3” 190 lb. high school senior, rated as one of the few elite quarterbacks in the country by both Scout and Rivals recruiting services, is a major get for Strong and his staff and a major loss for the Hurricanes, who could have groomed Bridgewater to be the eventual replacement for rising senior quarterback Jacory Harris.

Replacing Harris is something Bridgewater knows all about, seeing as he took over for the Canes QB at Northwestern back in 2008 when he was just a sophomore.

Now in his third year at the helm of the perennial Florida powerhouse, Bridgewater has grown and matured by leaps and bounds as a player and a leader with each passing season. His breakout season came as a junior when he threw for over 2,500 yards and 32 TDs, while adding eight scores on the ground.

As a senior, Bridgewater showed the type of pocket presence and natural instincts which should have Louisville fans very optimistic about the future.

While he is still relatively raw and not ready to just walk into a starting job at a BCS school, the type of down-the-road potential Bridgewater possesses is exciting to say the least.

Now it becomes all about how quickly the coveted recruit can adapt to the college game. Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and quarterback coach Mike Groh have some work to do, but there’s no doubt that if Bridgewater is groomed right, he can be a big name in the Big East in the coming years.

Bridgewater has stated that he plans to follow the growing trend in college football and enroll early at Louisville, which should help him get in tune with the offense even quicker. But don’t expect Strong and his staff to throw a freshman out there in front of an offensive line that’s set to lose four starters, unless their young quarterback really excels in camp and surpasses expectations early on.

Luckily for Bridgewater, he’ll have a familiar face to to help him in the process of adapting to college life. His Northwestern teammate, three-star wide receiver Eli Rogers, has also pledged his services to Louisville.

Rogers, another one-time Miami commit, was one of Bridgewater’s favorite weapons when they played for the Bulls.

The two now have the chance to cook up some magic once again at Louisville, much to the chagrin of Hurricanes fans.

Miami is now left with just five commitments—cornerback Jeremy Davis, defensive end Olsen Pierre, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, linebacker Nick Menocal and defensive end Anthony Chickillo—for their 2011 class.

Al Golden, it’s time to hit the trail.

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