Pat Narduzzi will have to replace the experience and production of senior linebackers Matt Galambos, Mike Caprara, and Bam Bradley next season. While their successors may already be on the roster, one true freshman expected to compete for playing time is Cameron Bright of Alabama’s Park Crossing High School. Bright, a 3-star linebacker recruit, will make his official visit to Pitt this weekend with less than a month remaining before National Signing Day. Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Cam earlier this week to see how feels about his official visit.
“Nothing but … just excited,” Cam said. “I’m ready to experience something new—get a feeling around campus and all that.”
Bright is already acquainted with Pitt’s campus, considering that this will be his third time visiting the university. His familiarity with Pitt has given him a laid back approach when establishing his plans for this weekend.
“Just chill. Learn a little more about football. Chill with the players, and just have great conversations with the coaches.”
As we further discussed his visit, the 6’1” 210-pounder revealed he does expect to do more than chill. Bright, who plans on majoring in Business Management, says he will look into many aspects of the University of Pittsburgh this weekend, including its academic facilities. However, he does not have a primary focus for his visit—other than to simply have fun throughout the process.
“There’s nothing in particular,” said Bright. “I just look forward to having fun and enjoying myself with my mom and dad.”
One of the aspects of this weekend’s visit that appeals to Cam is the opportunity to finally meet some of his fellow Pitt pledges in person.
“We’re all in a big group chat, so I have an idea of who’s committed and who’s coming,” said Bright. “I’m just ready to meet everybody, because I don’t know any of the commits personally.”
Aside from the players already committed to Pitt, Cam said that he has exchanged messages with cornerback Jason Pinnock, and looks forward to meeting the uncommitted Panther recruit. He also anticipates spending time with his future defensive coordinator, Josh Conklin. Bright states that he speaks with Pitt coaches frequently, like linebackers coach Rob Harley, but hasn’t spoken much with Coach Conklin.
— Cam Bright (@_cam38) October 25, 2016
Cameron recently finished his final season of football at Park Crossing High School in Montgomery, Alabama. He recorded an impressive 131 total tackles (97 solo), 16.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery on the year. As a result of his production, Bright earned First-Team 5A-7A All-Metro and Second-Team Class 6A All-State honors. While other recruits participate in winter and spring sports, Cam will concentrate solely on football in the upcoming months, building upon the talent that enabled him to register such gaudy statistics this season. But what will he focus on improving in order to ease his upcoming transition from high school to college?
“Really my knowledge of the game,” Cam responded. “I have to get in the film room and learn how to break down film. Get a little faster, and add some more weight to my frame.”
It’s easy for a young athlete to identify the areas in which he or she must improve. The difficult part is taking the necessary steps in order to achieve such improvements. Bright is already proving he will find time to train, even at the most unpleasant of times.
“I train now 4:30 in the morning Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and lift on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” Bright revealed.
Waking at 4:30 in the morning to do anything, especially to train for football, requires the steadfast drive many desire, but few possess. Bright, who stated he will not take official visits to other schools before National Signing Day, remains 100-percent committed to Pitt.
Panther fans can start preparing to see this driven young man in the Blue and Gold for years to come.