January 31, 2011

Interest pouring in for Bradley

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As one of Ohio's top junior prospects, it comes as no surprise that interest and offers are beginning to roll in for Bam Bradley. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety from Trotwood-Madison High School is one of the most physically impressive players in the class and also one of the state's biggest hitters. Since the end of the season, schools from all over the country have been in to talk to the Trotwood staff about the talented defender.

"I've got offers from Michigan State, Northwestern, Kentucky, and Tennessee," said Bradley. "Those are the schools that my coach has told me (have offered)."

In addition to the four offers, the two in-state BCS programs, Ohio State and Cincinnati, are keeping a close eye on Bradley's development.

"Ohio State has been showing some interest, they've been down to the school a few times," Bradley explained. "(Cincinnati) came to the school a lot and they've watched me play basketball a few times so they're showing a lot of interest, too."

As far as favorite schools go, Bradley is just weighing his options at the moment.

"I'm wide open," he said. "The Miami Hurricanes were my favorite childhood school but they haven't really taken much part in (recruiting me)."

On the field this fall, Bradley helped lead the Rams to the Division II championship game where they fell in a shootout to Maple Heights. All in all, the season was a huge success for Bradley and the experience of playing in Stark County for the championship was just as satisfying.

"It was a fun year," Bradley explained. "I began the year with an injury but once I got back and things got going it was a fun year. We got all the way to the state championship, and we lost, but it was a fun season and I enjoyed it. Playing on the big stage in Massillon with the nice stadium and everything and being able to say I made it to the state championship is an accomplishment in itself."

Bradley is also standout on the basketball floor and that has taken up most of his time recently.

"It's going alright," said Bradley, of his basketball season. "We're 9-4 right now but we're gonna fix some things up."

With Bradley focused on basketball, he likely won't be participating in any junior days over the next couple of months but he does have a couple of camps in mind for the summer.

"I'll probably go back to the Ohio State camp and Notre Dame wants me to go to their camp, so I was talking to my coaches about going up there," he said.

Marc Givler is a freelance writer based in Ohio


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