In the 2017 class Indiana landed a quarterback from Northeast Florida when they were able to sign Nick Tronti out of Ponte Vedra. If the staff gets their way they could have another Jacksonville area signal-caller joining the program in the 2018 recruiting class in Carter Bradley. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot-3, 194-pound standout from Jacksonville (FL) Providence H.S. about his interest in the IU program.
The talented prospect already has a good relationship with IU offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan after getting to know them when they were both at Tennessee.
“The summer before my junior year I took a visit to Tennessee when they were there, and I also attended their elite quarterback camp,” Bradley said. “I did their camp and me and Coach DeBord and Coach Sheridan just kind of connected and everything just fell into place. Coach Sheridan is a young guy and I connect with him very well, and maybe it’s because he’s younger and he kind of gets what I’m going through, but he helped me out a lot.”
Bradley’s familiarity with Coach DeBord began before he ever camped at Tennessee because of the relationship the IU assistant has with his father, Gus Bradley. The elder Bradley is the former Jaguars head coach and current defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers.
“My dad and Coach DeBord both coached together up at Seattle, so my dad knew about him and spoke very highly of him,” he said. “That definitely is an advantage because I wouldn’t be going into something where I have to go through the whole process of building a relationship. I know my dad trusts Coach DeBord, and if my dad trusts him then I can trust him. They built a relationship when they were in Seattle together, and they are still really good friends. They talk to each other a couple times a week and it is a blessing to have that.”
The three-star recruit said he communicates on a regular basis with Coach DeBord, and he likes how they sometimes talk about football and sometimes they don’t.
“Coach DeBord contacts me every couple of days to see how I’m doing and to just check in on me, and I do the same with him,” Bradley said. “Sometimes we’ll just talk ball and sometimes we’ll get away from that and just talk. He’ll ask me how I’m doing and how my dad is doing and how the family is doing. So it is a really good relationship.”
Bradley said the Hoosiers have expressed to him what a good fit they think he is for the offense they will be running.
“They have said that I would be a good fit for their offense and I feel the same way,” he said. “I feel that if I visit Indiana and I really liked it that could be a really good spot for me. Just knowing I trust Coach DeBord and Coach Sheridan so much, I feel like I could go a long ways in that program if I go there. I would really like to visit Indiana. I was actually thinking about going up there this spring. I want to go up there in early March and see the place.”
The Florida native currently has offers from Indiana, Wisconsin, Louisville, East Carolina, Florida International, Temple, North Dakota State and Mercer. He is looking for a school where he has a strong bond with the coaches.
“I just want to have that relationship with the offensive coordinator, the head coach, and the QBs coach,” Bradley said. “That is something that is a big deal to me because in the long run those relationships are going to be important. When I’m done with football I want to get into coaching, and those are the guys that might help me out, and those are the guys that are going to teach me. I am also looking for a place where the players love football, which I know they do, but will they go as far as they want as long as they can to play this game. That is what I’m looking for because that’s what I want to do. I want to play this game for as long as possible, and I’m going to give 100 percent to it and I just want to know that they will too.”
Bradley will be staying at Providence for his senior year with his mother and the rest of his siblings while his father is in L.A. on the Chargers’ new staff.
“I will be staying here for my senior season,” he said. “I have one brother and two sisters and my mom and we’re staying here. My mom will be traveling a little bit more than usual to go out and see my dad and help him out with the move.”
Bradley said his father has been big for him as he goes through the recruiting process, and that is why this upcoming year will be so difficult for him because he won't have him around to talk about things in person.
“He is probably the number one person I’ve leaned on the most,” Bradley said about his father. “He’s not just my dad, he’s also my best friend, so with him moving out to L.A. that has been one of the hardest things in my life, but I’m still in contact with him every day, and I FaceTime him a lot. He has just told me to take my time and just trust in God and pray about it. He told me you have your own story and you don’t want to rush it and you just need to keep building those relationships. So I’m just going to keep my eyes open, and when I feel like the time is right I’ll make my decision. I’d like to take some visits in the summer and check some places out, so I’m kind of leaning towards the first couple weeks in August. I think I will probably decide then.”