After not meeting the qualification, Bradley, who originally committed to West Virginia, enrolled at Hutchinson Community College. Kansas State has a knack for bringing in top JuCo talent and were quick to offer Bradley after a fine freshman season.
"I received the [Kansas State] offer from Coach Latimore," said Ben Bradley. "He was saying how he likes how quick I am on my feet, the way I use my power, and my first step off the ball. They like their JuCo players to come in and compete to start right away. I think it's a place where I could see early playing time and that's one of my top factors. I'm going to summer school to graduate in December but I'm planning on visiting both Kansas and Kansas State before the season."
Bradley, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive lineman was re-offered by West Virginia. He also holds offers from four Big 12 schools; Texas Tech, Kansas State, Kansas, and TCU. In the SEC, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas A&M have extended offers. In-state Georgia did not pursue him the first time around, but after a stellar year at Hutch Bradley has seen his stock rise considerably.
"I was second team All-Jayhawk Conference," Bradley said. "I had 39 tackles, six tackles for loss, and one sack. This spring I felt like I was improving a lot on my pass rush. I play inside shade. Next year I want to make first team All-Conference, All-American, and have at least five sacks."
Norcross had an outstanding defensive line in 2011. With Bradley, they had Silverberry Mouhon, now at Cincinnati, and O'Shae Bridges, now at Middle Tennessee State. Bradley, who arguably the best of the three, is ready to join his former teammates at the Division 1 level.
"I'm working on setting my visits," explained Bradley. "At the end of the summer I think I'l have a pretty good idea of where I want to go. I'll probably commit in August or September. Playing close to home isn't something I have to have. I want to go somewhere I can start right away. I want to go to a program that needs me there, not just wants me there."
Bradley, No. 98 for the Hutchinson Blue Dragons, says Baylor is very close to an offer. He also lists Arkansas State, Boise State, Illinois and Indiana among his offers. His only trip thus far has been an unofficial visit to Texas A&M.