Land of 10 has embarked on a series of “Next Generation” articles, a project that aims to bring our readers greater insight into the class of 2017 signees. Michigan State reporter Luke Srodulski has hit the road to visit this year’s incoming class of freshmen and give you an inside look past Hudl highlights and head shots. Though the series will officially debut Thursday, we talked with Copley (Akron, Ohio) offensive lineman Kevin Jarvis to give you a sneak peek at what you can expect.
AKRON, Ohio — What’s the most telling word of Weston Bridges’ recruitment?
The Akron Copley High running back and Michigan State signee often has a lot to say. He speaks in depth about the separation of his parents and how it still affects him. He goes on for minutes about his favorite mom-cooked meals, which include fried chicken and macaroni and cheese.
But when asked about his recruitment following his commitment to Michigan State, Bridges keeps his responses short. He doesn’t mean to be curt or rude. He just doesn’t feel the questions merit more than one word.
Did Michigan State’s struggles ever make you question your decision? “Nah.”
Iowa and Michigan sent coaches to your school after you had committed. What did you tell (Copley) Coach (Scott) Chouinard when he asked if you wanted to speak with them? “Nah.”
Ohio State showed late interest. Would an offer from the Buckeyes have changed things for you? “Nah.”
Bridges knew for a long time that he wanted to play for Michigan State. Rather than rooting for Ohio State like many of his family members, or Michigan like other family members, he chose to cheer on the Spartans and his favorite college running back, Le’Veon Bell.
But despite the love he has for Bell, Bridges wants to leave Michigan State in even higher regard than one of the best active running backs in the NFL.
“I want to be better than Le’Veon Bell,” Bridges says. “I honestly want to be better than him. But that’s the running back I honestly look at and I can see myself.
“He has the vision, and he has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and stuff like that and the burst-away speed. I definitely see myself like Le’Veon Bell, but I want to be better than Le’Veon Bell.”
Bridges doesn’t think about where he could have been if he didn’t move from the inner city of Akron to the city’s outskirts to attend Copley. He doesn’t consider whether he’d still be getting in fights or struggling with his grades.
He just knows that the path he’s on now has him in position to follow in the footsteps of one of his role models — and potentially go even farther.
For the complete Michigan State NextGen series, click this link.