Copley, Ohio should conjure at least vague memories for Syracuse University football fans. If it doesn’t immediately bring anything to mind, let me add two more words: Delone Carter. Copley is the hometown of the former Syracuse star, who finished his career for the Orange with 3,104 yards, good for third in program history, ahead of Larry Csonka, Floyd Little, Ernie Davis, and yes, even Jim Brown.
And now, Copley has another running back Syracuse fans will want to keep an eye on, with the possibility he could become a target sooner than later for the Orange. Weston Bridges is a 2017 prospect who could very well find his way onto Syracuse’s radar and become a priority prospect, evidenced by the fact that Dino Babers and his staff offered the talented 3-star running back when they were at Bowling Green. Babers and company extended an offer on October 15 of last year, and both the new Syracuse head coach and Mike Lynch continue to monitor the prolific runner.
At 6-feet, 200 pounds, Bridges has good size – he’s actually bigger than Delone Carter was at the same age, and Carter turned into an absolute bruiser at the tailback position. Bridges also claims a time of 4.46 in the 40, and while that’s unverified, it’s hard to deny his top end speed in his highlights. Once he gets going, he motors past defenders and becomes a home run threat whenever he spots a little bit of daylight.
Last season, Bridges rushed for 1,620 yards on 8.8 yards per carry, and scored 29 rushing touchdowns on his way to being named first team All-State in Ohio’s Division II. Right now, he boasts offers from Bowling Green, Boston College, Akron, Kent State, Toledo, and just today added Indiana to that list. Don’t be surprised if Syracuse throws its hat into the ring, and he’s also visited home state favorite Ohio State.
Bridges is a back with very good size and above average speed, and he does a nice job of eluding tacklers once he gets into the open field. His ability to find a seam and get upfield in a hurry is awfully enticing, and it’s no wonder he’s quickly becoming a rising star in the Midwest. Don’t be surprised if Syracuse gets back in on this talented ball carrier sooner than later.