Tigers, Wildcats Finalists For Juco DL

Junior college defensive lineman Ben Bradley discusses his finalists after an official visit to Auburn.

Norcross, Ga.--Ben Bradley took his final official visit to Auburn on Sunday and said that he will have a decision on Monday choosing between either Auburn or Kentucky.

The 6-3, 315-pound juco defensive lineman from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas said that Nebraska and Missouri, his other two finalists, are no longer in the mix. He noted that he will fax his scholarship papers to the college of his choice on Monday morning.

"I already know--I am just going to wait until tomorrow to announce," he said of his college choice. "I have a good feeling about this."

"I really liked the visit and I really like the coaches Coach (Gus) Malzahn has put together," Bradley said of his visit to Auburn. "I really like the type of guys all of them are. I felt real comfortable at Auburn."

Bradley was familiar with Auburn's new head coach. "I was recruited by Malzahn when he was at Arkansas State," said the defensive tackle, who noted that he didn't have an interest in playing for the Red Wolves, but playing for Auburn in the SEC is a very different situation.

The juco sophomore also has a connection with Rodney Garner, Auburn's new defensive line coach. "Coach Garner, he talked to me when he was at Georgia," Bradley said. "My roommate was Toby Johnson and he really had a strong connection with him so I used to talk with him every once in a while.

"I spent a lot of time with him today," Bradley said of Garner. "I think he is really cool. His work shows because he has put a lot of people in the league (NFL) and he has the most in the NFL right now. That is real good."

Commenting on his roommate Johnson, who is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn later this month, Bradley said, "Toby told me if I go to Auburn he is going to go to Auburn. If he sticks to his word I guess if I go to Auburn he is going to come."

Auburn's Garner played football at AU as did Jimmy Brumbaugh, the defensive line coach who is recruiting Bradley for Kentucky. "I?thought he was a real cool guy," the lineman said of Brumbaugh.

Bradley took his official visit to Kentucky on Friday and Saturday. He didn't arrive in Auburn until around 4 a.m. on Sunday, but said he had enough time to get a good feel for the coaches before leaving Sunday night. "Brumbaugh tried to keep us late," Bradley said with a laugh. "I am glad I took time for both of them (Auburn and Kentucky)."

After playing juco football in Kansas the lineman said being closer to his home in the Atlanta area is a big deal. He made the recruiting visit to Auburn with his parents and two sisters.

The prospect noted that he is impressed with Malzahn and what he did as offensive coordinator in 2010 on Auburn's national championship team. "You know he is going to score and he has got good defensive guys who are there with Gabe Wright and all of those boys I played with out my class. You can see they still have talent."

Asked what the deciding factor is for his choice, Bradley said, "I guess where I?could really see myself playing, where I could see myself fitting in. They both talked about me playing. It is really about where I see myself playing, where I see myself getting better and competing."

Auburn already has one mid-term transfer from Hutchinson Community College on board with offensive guard Devonte Danzey scheduled to enroll at AU this week.

"We are real cool," he said of his relationship with Danzey, who has been trying to get him to Auburn. "Me and him used to get into it because he played offensive line. We used to compete every day. After that we became friends through the Hutch thing. We have been real close for two years."

Danzey has three years to play two seasons. Being closer to his family is a big part of why he is considering Auburn, but also said the head coach is a factor. "Coach Malzahn and his wife are real cool," the prospect said.

"Everything was leaning toward coming back closer to home and stuff so I will be playing SEC football," he noted.

Bradley is shown in action in junior college.

Following his freshman season at Hutchinson Community College the lineman committed to Coach Derek Dooley and Tennessee. However, the Vols fired the coach and Bradley re-opened his recruiting, but is no longer considering Tennessee despite an offer from the new coaching staff in Knoxville.

As a senior at Norcross High School the lineman received scholarship offers from South Carolina, North Carolina State and others, but chose West Virginia. However, he did not qualify academically and enrolled in junior college.

He attracted the attention of even more Division I programs while playing at Hutchinson. As a sophomore he made 54 tackles with six sacks for the Blue Dragons. Among the colleges that have offered are Georgia, Kansas State, Boise State, Illinois, Texas A&M, Kansas, TCU, Arkansas State and Indiana.

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