January 10, 2010

Houston looking to Oklahoma again in 2011?

The ties between the Houston Cougars and Broken Arrow Tigers seem to grow almost on a daily basis. There are the obvious ties between recently named Tigers head coach Steve Spavital and his two sons Zach and Jake who are on the Cougars staff. Beyond that however is the fact that Houston has gained the verbal commitment of two of the Tigers' talented seniors this year in offensive tackle Rowdy Harper and running back Steven Hopper.

As the focus of the Cougars staff turns to the 2011 recruiting class, could they look north to Broken Arrow again to fill some needs? Like 2010, Broken Arrow has some prospects that will likely be on Houston's target list as the next years recruiting season heats up.

One such player who could be a good fit is Broken Arrow quarterback Archie Bradley. The talented junior was in San Antonio this weekend for the annual Army National Combine and talked some about his recruitment as well as the ties to Houston.

"Right now as far as recruiting goes I am hearing some from LSU, Alabama, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Houston, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and I am sure I am forgetting someone in there," said the 6-foot-3, 220 pound signal caller. "As far as who I am hearing from the most, it is Houston, Texas Tech, LSU and Arkansas. I get letters from the daily. I probably get a letter from Alabama and Oklahoma every couple days or so."

Just in case there were not enough ties to the Cougars, Broken Arrow is installing Houston's offense during the offseason, which is something that has Bradley licking his chops.

"I've been fascinated with what I have seen from that offense so far," said Bradley. "I plan on being in the film room every day soaking up as much as I can. As a quarterback you have got to love that, you get to throw the ball 50 or 60 times a game. I can't wait to get started on it."

Despite not meeting their ultimate goal of a state championship this year, Bradley feels like the season was still a success.

"We had a real good season," he said. "We ended up losing in the semi-finals to Union which ended up being the state champions and we actually played them better than Jenks who lost to them in the finals. Not to take anything away from Jenks, because they were a great team, but we played Union pretty close. The biggest thing for us last year is that we had a lot of young guys play. If you look at our roster, there were probably 10 sophomores that all got playing time last year and we return more people that most that I know of in the state. We don't have to rebuild next year, we are just going to reload."

As far as all the connections to Houston, Bradley will not deny the fact that they could play a part of his future decisions.

"They definitely could play a role in my decision, said Bradley. "It's already a place I feel comfortable about and the opportunity to possibly stay in the same offense as I go to the next level. I'm not leaning anywhere yet, but they could definitely play into a decision."

In addition to his play on the football field Bradley also stands out on the baseball diamond. When he is not busy with baseball, Bradley plans to make some time for some football camps.

"Right now I am getting ready for baseball in the spring, but other than that I am going to enjoy the combine here this week and I am also going to try to make it to the Nike Elite 11 camp. I also want to make time for at least two college camps this summer along with summer baseball. I don't know which ones I will be able to fit in yet."

Bradley's play on the baseball field has actually drawn a lot of attention in the state of Oklahoma including the talk that he could end up being an early round baseball draftee who could be faced with a decision on which direction he wants his future to go in.

"Well, I don't really like to brag about it, but I've been told I am highly talented. I play pitcher and third base, but I prefer pithing before anything else. I've been told there is a chance at the draft and all of that, but I don't let myself get caught up in all of that right now. Wherever I go to school I want to be able to play both and I know that is also going to play a role in where I end up."

Bradley threw for 1,800 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions and ran for another 200 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

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