Texas DE commits to Idaho

THE VANDALS HAVE FOCUSED ON MINING THE STATE OF TEXAS IN RECENT YEARS, and in 2011 that trend looks to continue as GoVandals.net has confirmed QUINTON BRADLEY (6-4, 235) has made a verbal commitment to Idaho. A 3-year starter for the Rough Riders, Bradley showed outstanding range in recording 79 tackles and 18 QB hurries on the year, despite teams routinely running away from his side of the line.

PLAYER PROFILE: Quinton Bradley, 6-4, 235, DE (Roosevelt High School)

At no time in the history of the University of Idaho has a coach put such a premium on recruiting talent out of the great state of Texas as current Vandal head coach Robb Akey. The Diesel, DeMaundray Woolridge (Keller, TX), took a circuitous route to Moscow, but he left an indelible mark on Vandal fans (and a bunch of defenders) with his tremendous running style during Idaho's Humanitarian Bowl Championship season of 2009. Currently five Vandals hail from Texas, with senior Quin Ashley (Paris) battling for the starting spot at strong safety, sophomore Tracy Carter (Dallas) coming on strong at corner, freshmen Karel Kearney (DT, Austin) and Calvin Thompson (RB, Cedar Park) coming off solid redshirt years, and junior Troy Vital (Copperas Cove) set to play a key role in the Idaho runningback rotation this fall.

All of these Texans will likely make an impact on the Vandal 2-deep depth chart this fall, and it looks like representation from the Lone Star state on the Idaho roster could grow by one (and possibly more) on Wednesday, National Letter of Intent signing day.

Theodore Roosevelt High School (San Antonio) star defensive end Quinton Bradley (6-4, 235, 4.70-40) has made a verbal commitment to play for the Vandals, reportedly picking Idaho over offers from New Mexico, Texas State, UT-San Antonio, and Stephen F. Austin (among others).

"He committed to Idaho last week," Roosevelt head coach Neal LaHue told GoVandals.net Monday afternoon. "And they've been recruiting him for a very long time."

And for good reason. As has been mentioned several times this recruiting cycle, Idaho has clearly made recruiting the defensive line a top priority. Gone for 2011 is All-WAC defensive end Aaron Lavarias, a 4-year starter for the Vandals who closed a tremendous career in Moscow last fall.

"Quinton's a 6-4, 235-pound defensive end that can run, and he's going to get bigger and faster," coach LaHue said in describing Bradley. "He's a starter for us at the 5A level (the highest classification in the Texas system). We've had three playoff teams in a row; he's been on all three teams and has been a starter for us for three years in a row at defensive end. He's a real rangy guy, very athletic...very strong. And he's tremendous in the classroom.

"He's just a very good athlete," coach LaHue continued. "And I think you guys have got yourself a pretty good football player."

BEFITTING AN ATHLETE WITH THE PHYSICAL TOOLS that Bradley brings to the gridiron, his stats (this year in particular) were phenomenal. He registered an eye-popping 79 tackles this year; a tremendous stat for the defensive end position. "A lot of people ran away from him," coach LaHue said. "But he can run people down."

Standing 6-foot-4 and running a 4.70-40 gives you that kind of athletic advantage.

"He had eight sacks this year," coach LaHue added. "We count pressures, and he had 18 pressures. He also had two interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown."

Asked to describe where he thought Bradley might fit into the defensive scheme at Idaho, coach LaHue didn't hesitate. "I would imagine he's going to be a defensive end, a pass rush kind of guy who does very well against the run. He is very good with his hands."

His development caught the eyes of his peers and the media as well, as he was named an honorable mention All-State selection (Texas Class 5A), as well as being named to the First Team All-District team each of the last two years, as well as a second team All-Area honoree this year.

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