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NGM's Ryan Bright chooses UW-Stout
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NEW GLARUS - Ryan Bright has chosen his college destination.

Bright, a senior who has quarterbacked both New Glarus-Monticello's offense and defense the past two seasons, will attend UW-Stout in the fall.

"In order to get their recruiting roster set for next year they (UW-Stout) sent me a letter, I signed it. It's pretty cool," Bright said. "I couldn't really wait much longer."

Bright gained over 1,200 yards of offense last year both through the air and on the ground, and will stay at the most American position in sports: Quarterback.

"They plan on me playing QB and that's what I'm most excited about. A lot of other schools (Michigan Tech, UW-Oshkosh and Dubuque, Iowa) wanted me to be playing either safety or wide receiver because I am an athlete. But I've been a quarterback since day one," Bright said.

The New Glarus senior also pointed out that he liked the way the Menomonie-area (where UW-Stout is located) is set up.

"It's got a smaller-town feel, kind of like New Glarus. It's going to make the transition easier and comfortable for me," he said.

Bright got his first look at the facilities this past fall as he traveled with some friends to the Blue Devils' final home game against UW-Platteville. They were given a tour of the athletic facility, weight room and were able to stand on the field for pre-game warm-ups.

One of the things Stout's head coach, Duey Naatz, used to lure in Bright was the want to have a team with family-like chemistry.

"What really caught my interest from the coaching staff is they were really preaching about creating a family up there, and I didn't really hear that from any of the other schools. After what happened this fall in winning conference, I learned a lot. We had a lot of guys who weren't very experienced and we overachieved just because of the chemistry, the atmosphere. We all really supported each other," Bright said of his co-Capitol South championship Knights team.

Bright also said he has committed to the WFCA All-Star football game this summer where he will play on the South team.

"I will be playing with some guys around the area, and I will be pretty excited about that, too," he said.