Decision A Family Thing For New AU Signee

Junior college defensive tackle Ben Bradley talks about why he chose to play football for the Auburn Tigers.

Norcross, Ga.--Auburn's newest football signee, defensive tackle Ben Bradley, is big on family and says that was a major factor in him becoming an Auburn Tiger.

On Monday the 6-3, 315-pounder from Hutchinson Community College chose the Tigers over a large number of scholarship offers.

Bradley says he gave the decision a lot of thought before finalizing his choice, but says everything worked out well in the end.

"I feel real good about my decision to chose Auburn," he says. "I feel real positive about the situation."

The Scout.com four-star prospect says his parents encouraged him to take his time with the decision after he decided to re-open his recruitment after Coach Derek Dooley and his staff were fired at Tennessee. Bradley had committed to the Vols last summer.

"When I came home I knew I wasn't going to Tennessee, but I wanted to get my decision out of the way," he says. "My parents told me to be patient and keep pushing my date back to be sure on where I wanted to go. That is why I waited until the last minute to make my decision."

Bradley narrowed his final list to Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and Auburn. This past weekend he visited Kentucky on Friday and Saturday before heading to Auburn on Sunday.

He notes that he and his parents got a good feel that Auburn is the right fit. "My parents really agree with this decision," he says. "They are already talking about coming to all of the games at Auburn. When I was at Hutch they only came out to see me play in Kansas one time."

Bradley says that he really likes Coach Gus Malzahn and his new Auburn staff and is looking forward to the challenge of competing for playing time on an SEC team. "I know I am going to play," he says, quickly adding that he understands there will be plenty of competition for playing time.

"I could have gone somewhere else and knew I would be the starter from day one, but I like the competition," he points out. "I think at the end of the day all of us working together at Auburn will make each other better and that is what I want."

One of his teammates at Auburn will be a very familiar one. Devonte Danzey, who played offensive guard for Hutchinson Community College, also signed with the Tigers. Like Bradley he is a mid-term transfer who starts classes at AU this month.

"I have been talking with Devonte about rooming together at Auburn," Bradley says.

Another Hutchinson lineman, defensive end Toby Johnson, is also being recruited by the Tigers. Bradley pointed out that he and Johnson are good friends and that Johnson told him that if Bradley signed with the Tigers he would, too.

Asked if he thinks that Johnson will definitely follow him to Auburn, Bradley says, "When it comes to Toby there is no telling what he is going to do."

Bradley, who played at Norcross High before going to junior college, will enroll at Auburn with two seasons of eligibility and a redshirt season available if needed.


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