Bradley Clifford: One to watch

Fully recovered but still workout-rusty from a recent hip injury, Utahn Bradley Clifford tested himself against the top West Coast prep players at the recent Nike camp at Stanford and admittedly was not blown away with his own stats.

The 6' 4, 197-pound wide receiver/safety recruit from Olympus High in Salt Lake City said he is receiving recruiting letters from virtually every major school on the West Coast.

Clifford's stats at the NIKE camp included a 4.7 forty, a 4.33 shuttle and a 34.9' vertical jump.

"I'm very happy with my vertical, but was very disappointed with my forty. I recently busted up my hip, so I wasn't at full speed. I can easily run a 4.6."

He said he met other LDS prospects at Stanford for the first time: "Yeah, it was great meeting him (Justin Soi). We were running drills together and I found out he was from Utah as well. He's a great guy."

Clifford also met Austin Collie who, he says, "blew everyone away with his performance."

He said he has no definite plans on attending any other camps this summer because he recently separated his shoulder and wants time to recover fully before his senior football season this fall.

Asked what colleges he is hearing from, he said: "Wow, where do I start? I'm hearing from just about everyone. My top schools at this point would probably be Cal, Stanford, Arizona State, Colorado, BYU and Utah."

He added he has not yet received any firm scholarship offers, but noted his main criteria will be education.

"I want to go to a good academic school. I plan on majoring in business and would like to attend a school with a good business program."

Clifford said he has attended several BYU and quite a few Utah practices. He was on the field during the Utes Red/White game this spring.

He commented on how "impressed" he was with how Utah head coach Urban Meyer "runs things." He really puts forth a team mentality. There's nothing individual about how the team practices, I like that."

"I'm just going to see what's offered me and concentrate on this season."

Clifford also has definite LDS mission plans. "I will definitely go on a mission. That's a very important thing for me. I turn 19 the March after I graduate, so I'll play a year and then go."

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