"I talked to my parents after camp ended yesterday and told them that I would like to play for ASU and that it would be a good place for me. I loved the campus, the coaches...just the whole setup."
Bradford will be joining his teammate Deantre Lewis in Tempe. The Norco running back committed to Arizona State last month and Bradford admitted that Lewis' decision to attend ASU made his own decision that much easier.
"I really wanted to go to the same school he did," Bradford remarked. "I'm happy that it all came together."
Bradford is fairly fast for his position, running a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash in camp. In the weight room at Norco he has put up impressive numbers benching 335 lbs., squatting 545 and power cleaning 345 lbs.
San Diego State was Bradford's only other offer, but schools such Cal, UCLA, Tennessee, Washington and Boise State were all pursuing him. His suitors were split on recruiting him as a fullback or a linebacker.
"Carl is an old fashioned football guy," said Norco head coach Todd Gerhart. "He's one of the biggest hitters I've seen. He's strong and fast. A very aggressive player. His dad played at Grambling so he has good bloodlines."
Gerhart stated that Bradford plays exclusively at fullback for his team and that in fact Cal and other schools listed him as their number one target at that position. The Norco skipper added that Bradford will continue to play just on that side of the ball this coming season.
Bradford is the fifth known commitment for ASU in the 2010 class.