Well, let’s start with what we know for sure and then move on from there. On Thursday, Jalen Bridges, a 6’6”, 205 pound wing/small forward out of West Virginia, popped up on Twitter to announce that he had received a scholarship offer from Marquette.
And that’s it for things we know for sure.
Back on April 27th, Evan Daniels published this story on 247 Sports about Bridges. I’m going to skip ahead to the important part....
This time of year potential 2019 recruits are at a premium. There were a host of high majors scouring the baseline evaluating Bridges, who told 247Sports that he is considering 2019 and 2020.
“It’s starting to pick up a little bit,” he said. “I’m starting to hear from high majors.”
For 2019, Bridges said his “main five offers” are Xavier, Penn State, Temple, Duquesne and Dayton. He also noted that Virginia, Ohio State, TCU, Michigan and Louisville are also showing attention for 2020.
“I went on an unofficial to Duquesne, an unofficial to Dayton,” he said. “I go to West Virginia all the time and an unofficial to Xavier.”
What year is he currently planning to go to college?
“It depends on the program mainly and if I can come in and play or redshirt,” he said. “But for 2020 I’m just looking for the best fit.”
And that kind of helps to explain why Bridges currently doesn’t have a recruiting class listed on his 247 Sports page, as well as why he doesn’t have a rating or a ranking. If it’s unclear as to which class he’s in, then it’s unclear where he should be ranked in said class.
This makes it unclear whether Marquette is offering him a scholarship for 2019 or 2020. Marquette has the space in 2019 to take him on, but it’s also unclear as to whether or not Bridges would get playing time in 2019 if that were the case. For whatever it’s worth at this point, Bridges lists himself as Class of 2020 in his Twitter bio.
Here’s a 90 second highlight reel clip that was put up on YouTube about 10 days before that article from Daniels:
Here’s what Marquette’s scholarship picture looks like right now as we try to figure out exactly where Bridges fits into the recruiting picture.