2008 Prospect Watch: Bradley Roussell

While some high school football players in Louisiana for the Class of 2007 are still waiting on their first scholarship offer from one of the top tier college football programs in the country, junior linebacker Bradley Roussell of Redemptorist is way ahead of the game.

Bradley Roussell, a 5-11, 215-pound middle linebacker with 4.7 speed, sent out his highlight film to a handful of schools over the summer and one college coach responded with a scholarship offer.


"We sent one to Tennessee and they called and offered a few weeks ago," said Redemptorist head coach Guy Mistretta. "That kind of surprised us because we had never talked to them. They saw his film that we sent and let me tell you it is impressive."


What is just as impressive are the numbers that Roussell posted as a sophomore. He recorded 141 total tackles (58 solos and 83 assists), five sacks and 14 tackles for a loss, which earned him a spot on the Coaches First Team All-State squad.


There is no questioning Roussell's abilities on the high school level as he is always around the ball and is a nightmare for opposing offensive coordinators.


"He has great instincts to play in the middle and that allows him to get the ball faster," said Mistretta. "He is a heck of a ball player for us but the one area we are trying to improve on is his foot speed and lateral movement."


If there is a question mark right now it would be Roussell's height but genetics is on his side, along with his focus and dedication to be the best.


"His height is kind of the only thing holding him down right now," Mistretta said. "He's got some growing to do but he's got time. His dad has dad is pretty big and his brother is bigger too.


"Bradley is a really great kid and is very coachable. He is the strongest kid on our team pound for pound and is such a hard worker."   


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