Washington offered a scholarship to Bridge-Gadd after watching him orchestrate a 44-36 comeback victory Friday night over Cave Creek Cactus Shadows.
The first Pac-12 offer has Bridge-Gadd’s attention. He said Monday that he was in the process of making arrangements for an official visit to Seattle to check out what Washington has to offer and to make sure whether New Mexico State is right for him or not.
“I want to see if I made the right choice,” said Bridge-Gadd, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, who has passed for 1,613 yards and 17 touchdowns and run for 267 yards and nine TDs, leading the top-ranked (Division III) Trojans to a 6-0 record.
Paradise Valley coach Greg Davis said he was surprised by the timing of Bridge-Gadd’s commitment to New Mexico State when he made it in mid-September.
But Bridge-Gadd was running out of patience without a major-college scholarship offer.
Davis said that Washington coach Chris Petersen had been showing strong interest in Bridge-Gadd and sent his offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Jonathan Smith, to Phoenix to watch Bridge-Gadd play.
Petersen pulled in another Paradise Valley quarterback, Ryan Finley, to come to Boise State, before Petersen left to become the Washington coach. Finley, who preceded Bridge-Gadd at Paradise Valley, began this season as Boise State’s starter.
“We got down 14-0 right away,” Davis said of Friday’s game. “They got to see him really take charge and lead the offense back. They got to see everything they were questioning about him.”
Bridge-Gadd completed 22 of 33 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 14 times for 120 yards and two more scored in the win.
Bridge-Gadd is excited about the Washington offer, which came the next day.
“It’s just another opportunity and one I’m grateful for,” he said.
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