URBANDALE, Iowa. – The recruiting process is a stressful time for many prospects. After committing to Bowling Green State on Friday, offensive lineman Caleb Bright is a stress-free senior that has been hard at work over the offseason.
“I attended a couple camps where I worked on initial punch and a faster second step off the ball,” Bright told Today’s U of his offseason. “[I’ve] been in the weight room every day to get bigger and stronger.”
Standing at 6’4” and 280-pounds, Bright is an imposing figure at the high school level for his Urbandale team. As a team-oriented individual, Bright has adapted his skill set to best benefit his squad this season, one that he is attacking with a strong sense of enthusiasm.
“My strength is run blocking because that’s the primary focus of my high school team,” said Bright. “I’m unrelenting in my pursuit of every goal that I set. I work harder than most because I have a passion and love for the game that is rarely matched. I plan to prove the doubters wrong.”
Bright is listed as a three-star prospect on 247Sports.com, checking in as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Iowa and No. 93 offensive guard in the country for the 2016 class.
Since Iowa is not typically thought of as a recruiting hotbed, Bright’s talent went largely unnoticed until attending a high profile camp this summer. Even with additional offers at his disposal, Bright stayed true to his heart, which led him right to Bowling Green State.
“After I attended Sound Mind Sound Body, I received two more offers, but I wanted to enjoy my senior season by committing to BGSU.”
Bright also held offers from Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and South Dakota.
“Almost all schools that offered I visited, and BGSU has exactly what I want academically. Their challenging offense excites me. The coaching staff was a perfect match for my personality. It felt like home away from home.”
While the campus presented a comfortable feeling for Bright, it is the opportunity to play in an offensive scheme uncomfortable to most offensive lineman that really excited the rising senior prospect.
“It excites me to be a part of a game that’ll move that quickly,” said Bright.
According to Bright, the Bowling Green offense runs a play “every 18 seconds” while executing a hurry-up philosophy.
For Bright, who the Falcons’ staff projects as an interior lineman, the relationships that he has formed with his future coaches played a big role in his commitment.
“I’m very close with both offensive line coaches: coach Lynch and coach Freeman,” said Bright. “I also talk with coach Babers often.”
These coaches have helped convince Bright that Bowling Green is the proper location to develop his talent, and the three-star recruit has already fully bought in. In fact, Bright will forgo his four remaining official visits after taking the only one on his schedule, which will be to Bowling Green, in a few months.
“I plan on only taking one official visit to Bowling Green in mid-January,” said Bright. “I also will be taking multiple unofficial visits to Bowling Green.”
With Bright now in the fold, Bowling Green now sports 13 commitments in the 2016 recruiting cycle. The Falcons now rank No. 6 in the MAC and No. 96 in the country. Bright is the only offensive line commit thus far.