BYU Strikes Out on Garland Four

BYU will not enjoy the services of four South Garland High School athletes next season. Josh Burris, James Bradley, Matt Harding and Raymond Pendleton have all given verbal commitments to colleges other than BYU

BYU was recruiting four athletes from South Garland High School, Josh Burris, James Bradley, Matthew Harding and Raimond Pendelton. All four have committed to play football at major D-1 programs across the country.

Josh Burris, a 5'11, 180 pound cornerback with 4.45 speed, had scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Tulsa, SMU. He has committed to play football for the University of Tulsa. Although BYU had not offered the talented free safety, Burris did receive some recruiting attention and had exercised the thought of playing with former teammate and South Garland High School star Antwuan Harris.

Another South Garland cornerback, 5'10", 170 pound speedster James Bradley, was Texas All-State as a junior. Bradley was being recruited by Utah, BYU, Washington State among others and has committed to play football at Washington State.

"He has really fluid hips," said Garland coach Mickey Moss of Bradley. "If he was 6-foot, he'd be the No. 1 corner in the country -- he's that fluid and his feet are so good. We always put him on the best receiver for every team we played because we knew he'd shut him down. The other thing about him, he has such confidence when he plays. If a mistake happens, he has the ability to come back and just make an incredible play right after that."

Along with Burris and Bradley, Matt "Superman" Harding has also recently committed to play football. Harding, a 5'10", 175 pound cornerback with blazing 4.25 forty speed, had tripped to the University of Utah and had offers from Utah, Boston College and Tulane. Harding has committed to play football at the University of Tulane.

On the offensive side of the ball, BYU was recruiting a 6'0", 180 pound 4.5/40 wide receiver that recorded 60 receptions for 800 yards and nine touchdowns last season by the name of Raymond Pendelton. Pendelton bench processed 270 and squats 410 and currently holds a 2.9 GPA. Pendelton was being recruited by BYU, Kansas and Utah among others. He recently committed to play football at the University of Kansas.

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