Juco Defensive Lineman Bradley Chooses AU

Junior college defensive lineman Ben Bradley is headed to play football for the Auburn Tigers.

Norcross, Ga.--The Auburn football team picked up its third mid-term transfer from the junior college ranks on Monday when defensive lineman Ben Bradley chose Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

A six-foot-three, 315-pound sophomore at Hutchinson Community College for the 2012 season, he told Inside the Auburn Tigers he is headed to Auburn this week to enroll in classes. He has three years of eligibility to play two seasons.

"I feel great about my decision to go to Auburn," said Bradley, a Scout.com four-star defensive tackle.

Bradley took an official visit to Auburn on Sunday. The Tigers made his final four list along with Kentucky and Missouri from the SEC and Nebraska from the Big 10.

The defensive lineman said he also had offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas State, Boise State, Illinois, Texas A&M, Kansas, TCU, Arkansas State and Indiana after making 54 tackles with six quarterback sacks as a junior. He had previously committed to the former coaching staff at Tennessee, but re-opened his recruiting when head coach Derek Dooley was fired.

The lineman said Auburn's coaching staff impressed him, particularly the head coach, and he and his family felt comfortable on their visit to Auburn. Bradley was in Auburn on Sunday with his parents and two sisters.

"Everything was leaning towards coming back closer to home," said Bradley, who played football at Norcross High School, which is in easy driving distance for his family to attend his games at Auburn.

Ben Bradley

Bradley joins his Hutchinson Community College teammate, offensive guard Devonte Danzey plus running back Cameron Artis-Payne, as junior college transfers who will begin classes at Auburn this week.

He is the fourth junior college member of the 2013 Auburn recruiting class. Brandon King, a safety at Highland Community College in Kansas, committed to the Tigers on Friday. King is scheduled to graduate from Highland after he finishes spring classes.

Bradley said that he is looking forward to rejoining his friend Danzey at Auburn and noted the Tigers are getting a tough offensive guard who was a major challenge for him to beat in practices at Hutchinson Community College. "We have been real close for two years," Bradley said. "He blocked me most of the time. I already know how good he is."

Auburn is also recruiting another defensive lineman at Hutchinson, Toby Johnson, who is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this month. Johnson, who was Bradley's friend and roommate at Hutchinson, is still a student at the junior college and cannot sign with a Division I program until Feb. 6th.

"Toby told me if I go to Auburn he is going to go to Auburn," Bradley said. Auburn is also recruiting another defensive player at Hutchinson, Antonio Longino, a linebacker who is scheduled to graduate in the spring.

The recruitment for Bradley began as a junior at Norcross High School, where he was a standout on both defense and offense. He played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game following his senior season.

The new Auburn player noted that he made significant improvement during his two seasons in junior college.

"My freshman year I was effective in stopping the run, but I needed to get better with my pass rush," he said. "In the offseason we had a new coach and he helped me with my pass rush and I made a lot more plays my sophomore year than I did my freshman year."

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