Before committing to Louisville Saturday, the 6-4, 270 pound Bridges considered scholarship offers from UNC-Charlotte, Southern Miss, Youngstown State and Western Carolina. Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest were all showing strong interest, according to Bridges.
"I love the area, but the main thing was the coaches," Bridges told InsideTheVille.com. "I got to talk to the coaches and they all seemed real honest. A lot of times you go to these big-time schools and they tell you something that might be a little off.
"But I didn't catch that with any of these coaches today. I felt like they shot me straight. That's a quality that's hard to come by sometimes. That was probably the main thing that attracted me was the staff and how well it all seemed to fit."
While Bridges may not possesses overwhelming size for an offensive tackle, Louisville was intrigued by his athleticism, footwork and potential.
"Coach Borbely told me that he liked my athleticism on film and my footwork and told me that was what they were looking for, more of an athletic tackle," said Bridges. "He was impressed with that aspect. I may not be 300 pounds but I can move a lot quicker than those guys and that's what he liked in my film."
Bridges arrived in Louisville Friday for his weekend unofficial visit prepared to make a decision about his future. His conversation with Charlie Strong's coaching staff Saturday convinced him to make a verbal commitment with the Cardinals.
"I was curious if they wanted to redshirt me, but they told me if came there I would have a good opportunity to compete for a starting position," Bridges said. "That's all I wanted - a shot, because at some of these other schools that probably wouldn't have been very realistic. That was a big deal to me and very appealing."
Bridges is Louisville's third offensive line commitment in the 2013 class and 10th overall. He will join Indiana OT Skylar Lacy and FL OL Shamar Johnson as future Cardinals in trenches.