Two-Sport Star Has Visits

Two-sport star Mark Bradford will take a football scholarship, but he's still a legit D-1 hoops recruit in his own right and wants to play both sports on the next level. He has trips arranged...

Mark Bradford, 6-1 SR CG, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont, has arranged three official visits for football, but says it's all even among the schools he's considering.

Bradford proved this summer that he was a legit D-1 basketball recruit, particularly once he started running the point guard position on his AAU team. Bradford said he'd like to play both football and hoops in college and many of the football programs recruiting him have gotten their basketball counterparts involved in his recruitment. "Every school recruiting me has said that I could play both sports," said Bradford. "I've gotten some attention from the basketball coaches. Mostly written letters. I haven't had any in-home visits." But since he's considered one of the best wide receiver prospects on the west coast, college football coaches have been the main recruiters on him, and he has some official visits lined up. "I'm visiting LSU on November 15th, Oregon on January 10th and Michigan State on January 17th," Bradford said. He'll choose between Washington, Stanford, and Notre Dame for his other two visits. "I definitely want to take all of my trips," he said. "And I want to wait until signing day to make my decision."

Bradford said he's still considering the local schools, UCLA and USC. "They're still on the list like anybody. I just don't want to take an official trip there since I can go there anytime. I'll definitely go visit them unofficially."

When asked if the basketball coaches from the L.A. schools have helped in recruiting him, he said, "Both the USC and UCLA basketball coaches have written me."

Bradford said that all of the schools he mentioned have offered him. He hasn't turned in his application for Stanford yet, but he said the Stanford coaches have offered him a scholarship contingent on him being accepted by Stanford admissions.

When asked if he had a favorite, Bradford said, "No, not at all. It's really even among all of them."

Bradford cited academics as being at the top of his list of deciding factors. "Also, the surroundings, the environment, the coaching staff and the player atmosphere." He said he had absolutely no problem leaving the Los Angeles area and that going away to college "could be a very good thing."

If Bradford took a visit and was really impressed, would he consider verballing early? "I want to still hold out. It's just the fact that I don't want to make a decision based on just the trip. There are other factors that are just as important as the trip, and I know that if I made a decision on a trip it could just be an emotional decision."

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