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December 14, 2004
Battle for Bright heating up
Callahan Brighttook his third official visit this past weekend, to Texas A&M, and came away impressed. What does this visit do to his list of favorites, who did he meet down there that could impact his decision and what new school is he looking to visit?Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Harriton defensive tackle
"The visit was really cool," said the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder of A&M. "I was hosted by Joseph Bryant whois a great guy and actually knows someone that I know. Well, sort of. His cousin worked at Glen Mills where I went to school, which was weird. Small world."
Bright, who was blown away by his visit to Florida State a weekend ago, is now torn between the 'Noles and Aggies.
"I actually like all three teams, A&M, FSU and Purdue," he said. "I'd say that A&M and FSU are ahead of Purdue a bit because they're recruiting me harder. Texas A&M is recruiting me the hardest. I really felt comfortable down there at A&M and I think I could make an immediate impact."
Bright also met a player he'd like to suit up with for the next four years.
"Jerrell Powe and I hit it off, he's a really good player," he said. "I am pretty critical of other defensive tackles, but when I saw his film he was so fast. The two of us together would be awesome. He told me to take a visit to Auburn this upcoming weekend with him and I'm thinking about it. The only problem is that Auburn doesn't really know how to get in contact with me, but I'm working on it. I'd like to visit down there this weekend."
Bright has cancelled his official visit to West Virginia which was set for Jan. 14 for a couple of reasons.
"I'd rather visit LSU, we'll see," he said. "That's another school I sort of stopped talking with, but now I'm interested. If I don't take any other visits though, I'm cool. I really like FSU, A&M and Purdue a lot."
The other reason Bright is keeping Jan. 14 open is because he'd like to get back into the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"Jerrell and I were talking about it and we were saying we had to play together in that game," he said. "I was on the roster and in the game, but someone from the U.S. Army side of things called after my suspension from school and told me I can't play in it.
"A lot of the stuff that people have been saying and thinking about my situation at school has been blown out of proportion," he said. "I admit I made a mistake, but it's not as big a deal as people make it out to be. I have a great deal of respect for the U.S. Army and I think I would be a great representative for them at the game. I'm a leader on the field and I'm a hard worker."
Bright's coach, Harold Smith, will be contacting the folks at the game.
"I think Call deserves to play in the game," said Smith. "He's a good kid, his grades have been up and he's stayed out of trouble. He made a mistake like he said, but I think he'd be a good fit for the game. Hopefully they'll let him play."
Bright isn't sure when a decision will be made regarding his college choice.
"I might take those last two visits," he said. "Either way, I'm probably going to wait until the end, probably on Signing Day."
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