So Cal Linebacker Gets Call From Irish

Over the years Notre Dame has been very successful recruiting the talent-rich state of California. In fact, the 2004 Irish roster had more players from California than it had from any other state. Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello is trying to ensure that the Irish continue that success as he has identified Colton high school (Colton, (Calif.) product Allen Bradford as a prime recruiting target for the Irish.

Linebacker Allen Bradford is considered one of the top prospects in California. We spoke with Bradford on Monday to find out about this top prospect.

"Yes, I do," responded Bradford when asked if he's interested in the Irish. "I just got done talking to one of the Notre Dame coaches.

"He told me that they were very interested in me. They thought I was a really good player. They liked how physical I was and combined with my speed… what type of an impact I could make on their team.

Does Allen have an offer from Notre Dame at this time?

"Nope," responded Bradford. "But they said that the head coach was coming out to see me soon. They want a chance to meet me and talk to my coaches and then they said I'd likely have another offer to add to my list."

What has Allen learned about the Notre Dame's new head coach Charlie Weis?

"He has lots of experience from the NFL," responded Bradford. "He has lots of diamonds on his hands -- that means he has lots of championships."

Besides Notre Dame, what other schools are recruiting Bradford?

"USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Washington, ASU, Georgia, and Colorado State are the schools that have offered me so far. (In addition to Notre Dame) I'm interested in Florida State, Miami, and Michigan."

It's obvious that Bradford will have a lot of choices, so does he have an idea when he'll decide?

"I want to decide on at the US Army game if I get the chance to play there." he responded. "I've been watching that game since I was little, and I always wanted to announce my choice there"

"I'll take unofficial visits to USC and UCLA because they're close," Bradford added. "I'll take my official visits to schools further away."

What will Allen be looking for in a school when he begins to narrow his choices down?

"Education is first and football comes second," he responded. "I want a good bond with the coaches because they're like family. I want to have fun with the players and make sure I'm comfortable with them. I just want to make sure it's a good fit, because I'll be there for the next four years.

"Just because I'm from California doesn't mean I'm locked in here. I'm really open with recruiting. I just want to go where I can make an impact."

Bradford reports a 2.6 g.p.a and scored a 980 on the PSAT.

Comments: Bradford is supposed to be one of the best linebackers on the west coast. He runs very well and hits like a ton of bricks. Bradford is a top-end recruit that will have his choice to play anywhere he wants. He is in the mold of current Irish linebacker, Brandon Hoyte. In the end, expect the hometown Trojans to be tough to beat. Notre Dame does have a chance, but how much of a chance may be determined by how well they play in 2005. Top Stories