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Bridgewater talks UM commitment

NEW YORK -- Just got off the phone with Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who called me to confirm that he has committed to the Canes. Here is a short interview I was able to conduct with him in the middle of the Marlins-Mets game.

Q: Why did you decide now was the time to commit to UM?
"Right now, heading into the summer, I figured it was just a good time to do it. I just called coach McGriff and coach Shannon and told them about it. They were actually about to speak at a banquet in Chicago, so I didn't have a chance to talk to them."

Q: Are you still going to take your visits?
"I don't know about the visits. Me and my mom have to talk about that.

Q: Why UM?
"I'm going to be the only quarterback they're going to take. They're in my backyard. They've sent a large number of players and quarterbacks to the NFL. I just want to go there and become the next great one."

Q: Did the fact [former Northwestern quarterback] Jacory Harris is the man at UM play a factor for you in choosing UM at all?
"Not really. Jacory is cool. We're friends. But I'm looking forward to playing with all those guys who went to Northwestern.

Q: How much is this about you wanting to just get the recruiting process over with?
"Honestly, I want to be done with recruiting. I mean, right now, I'm just enjoying it. But it does get crazy."

Q: UM isn't going to have a big class. Do you know for sure you are going to be the only QB in this class?
"I don't know if it was a promise or not. They just said I'd be the only QB they would take."

Q: Is it important for you to play right away?
"It's important to me, but it's not that important. In college, the game is faster, you have to learn more plays. I know I want to learn the system. If I can play right away, I would. But I know it's going to take at least a little time. I just want to go in and compete, fight to get on the field."

Q: You sound relaxed.
"I'm excited. I really am. I just don't like talking about it so much. I like playing football. I like letting my play talk for me. That's it. But I'm happy."