Standout LB in Nebraska's sights

During Nebraska's long and illustrious tradition, the Blackshirts have put out quality linebackers. Farley, Polk, Alberts, Williams and the list goes on and on. In looking to continue the tradition, Bill Callahan is looking for the best and the brightest. One such prospect has been identified in California.

Allen Bradford isn't the type of guy you like to scheme for.  He's stout, he's fast and he loves to get his nose around the ball and make plays.  He stands 6'0", weighs 220 pounds and clocks a 4.54 40 yard dash.  He benches 315 pounds, squats 505 pounds and cleans 265 pounds.  During his junior campaign, he notched 129 tackles, one interception, eight sacks, six fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. 

He was named to the All-League Team on offense as a runningback and defense at his linebacker position as well as the All County, All-Area, All-CIF, All-Southern Section and All-State teams.  He currently claims offers from Nebraska, USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Washington, Ole Miss and Arizona State along with interest from Notre Dame, UTEP, Florida State, Michigan, Miami (FL) and Louisville.  He claims no current favorites and has already attended the Nike Combine at USC.  He claims his strong points as his nose for the ball, his desire to win and his ability to be a very vocal leader. 

It appears that despite the problems that Nebraska faced in 2004, their weight in recruiting circles continues to increase.  Bradford's knowledge of the Cornhuskers isn't grand as of yet, but he knows that the Big Red likes to win and win often.  "It's a good school.  They've got a good tradition.  They're a winning program," he said. 

Allen wants to make sure that once he attends college, he can get a quality education and get into a position where he has a chance to start as soon as possible.  "I want to major in business so a good business program is important. I want to work my way into a starting spot during my freshman year if possible," he said.  As far as distance is concerned, he would prefer to stay near his home, but above all, he wants to get onto the field.  "I want to stay close to home but if I can't play I'd go elsewhere," said Bradford.

Nebraska has been sending a fair amount of information to Allen, so the attention is starting to mount.  As far as the places Allen would like to use his official visits on, it's a pretty impressive list.  "I want to go to Miami, Nebraska, Ole Miss and USC," he said.  We'll continue to follow up on this stud of a linebacker throughout his senior season and on towards his eventual commitment and Signing Day 2006.

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