Bradford visits the bayou

There are a few high-profile recruits expected in town today for the LSU/Alabama contest and a couple will be traveling from the West Coast. Chino-Calif.<br><br>Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (6-3, 265, 4.7) and receiver Mark Bradford (6-1, 185, 4.41) of Fremont-Los Angeles arrived in Baton Rouge early this morning with a weekend of festivities lined up for them.

LSU signed signal caller Rick Clausen of Woodland Hills two years ago, and added offensive lineman Paris Hodges of Vacaville, Calif., for 2002. With other programs across the country expanding their recruiting efforts, head coach Nick Saban has made the Tigers presence known across the country since taking over the helm in Baton Rouge.


Bradford, perhaps the next Golden State grab for LSU, is fully qualified and could lend immediate help to the Tigers' receiving corps. This is his first official visit and it should be a treat for someone who has never been to Louisiana.


"Oh yes, definitely," Bradford told Tiger Rag when asked if he was looking forward to his visit. "This is my first recruiting trip. I want to see the whole atmosphere, the team and everything at LSU. I'm just excited about every thing."


He has his five official visits lined up but there are actually six teams still in the hunt. Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington and Washington State will also get a chance to host Bradford for a weekend and he has already been to a Southern California game this year on an unofficial visit. He lives about five miles from the USC campus so he says there is no need for him to use an official trip on the Trojans.


However, that does not mean USC is not a major player.


"If I had to choose a top five right now it would be USC, LSU, Notre Dame, Washington and probably Washington State. Everyone is pretty much even. I'm still wide open but LSU, Notre Dame and USC are my top three."


Sonny's View: Bradford got very excited when we talked about the culture in Louisiana. The partying and festive atmosphere could play a big role for the Tigers. If Tiger Stadium is rocking for the Bama game like it was for the South Carolina contest then LSU could take a big lead for Bradford


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