Cats may be slipping with receiver

One of the standout wide receivers at the recent Nike Camp in Palo Alto, California was, 6'1" 185 lb., Mark Bradford from Fremont High School (Los Angeles). I had the pleasure of meeting with the soft spoken Bradford just as he had finished his day.

When asked about his performance, Bradford rattled off his numbers. "I ran a 4.4/40," Bradford said. "I did a 34-inch vertical. In the shuttle I got a 4.1, and did 10 on the bench."

I asked him how he felt about his overall performance and Mark said, "I did alright, until I got to the 1-on-1's. I only went twice, but dropped both balls."

In Bradford's defense, I'll say this; I watched him go through various drills all day long and he never dropped a single pass until he got to those 1-on-1's. In my opinion, although both balls were within his grasp, they would have been considered remarkable catches because both balls were overthrown. I was impressed with the effort alone.

The ability he displayed in putting himself in position to make those catches did not go unnoticed either.

Last season, Bradford totaled 75 receptions for over 1,100 yards and 10 TD's. When asked if he had high expectations for himself this upcoming season, Mark replied, "Yes, Definitely."

Bradford also has quite a reputation as a basketball player. In fact, in an earlier interview conducted by Greg Biggins of PacWest Football, Bradford was quoted as saying he grew up an Arizona fan.

Don't get too excited just yet Wildcat fans. I did not get the feeling that Arizona is on the top of his list at the moment. I asked him to give me his top-5 schools, to which he replied, "I don't have a top-5 yet."

Then I asked him to name some of the schools he was most interested in right now. and he responded, "Washington, USC, Oregon, LSU, Illinois, Colorado, UCLA, and Syracuse."

I asked him if there was any interest in Arizona and if they were recruiting him.

"Yes, Arizona, they're definitely recruiting me," Bradford said.

The Wildcats might have some catching up to do if they plan to make a serious push for this very talented Southern California receiver.

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