Notre Dame Targets Bradford

Notre Dame has been recruiting Colton high school (Colton, Calif.) linebacker Allen Bradford (5-11.5, 222 pounds), so with the May recruiting period coming to an end, we caught up with this California standout to get an update.

The Irish coaching staff hasn't offered many linebackers, so when they stop into visit a linebacker prospect it indicates that the player is very high on their recruiting board.

"Coach Weis and coach Polian stopped by yesterday, it was cool, but I didn't talk to them, they talked to my coach," explained Allen Bradford.

"They (ND coaches) talked about competing. You want go to school to compete against the best athletes and they want guys who want to compete. I'm not worried about competing against the best, that's what I want to do.

"I didn't speak to coach Weis," he continued. "But I saw him, and his Super Bowl ring. It was big.

"They haven't offered. I think they're going to offer though," he added.

May has been a busy month at Colton for Bradford, as there has been a virtual revolving door of coaches.

"We've had a lot of coaches come through school," Bradford said. "Cal and Colorado State were in today.

"I have 14 offers so far; UCLA, USC, Washington, ASU, Arizona, Oregon, Georgia, Ohio State, Colorado State, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oklahoma, LSU and Ole Miss.

"I'll take some unofficial visits to schools close to home, and my official visits to schools further away. That's my plan," he said.

"I'll play anywhere. It won't matter. I lived in California my whole life, but I might visit somewhere and really like it. I'll have to see."

Bradford recently competed at the Los Angeles Scout.com combine, so we asked him what he thought of the event.

"It was cool -- I think I did well," he explained. "I had a 4.5 forty; 4.2 shuttle, weight was 222, height 5-11.5, and my vertical was 30 (inches).

"I did well in the one-on-one drills as well. There were some really good linebackers there -- a lot of good players."

Bradford reports a 2.6 GPA/June 4 first-time SAT.

Comment: You know Bradford is good when schools like Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio State travel to California to recruit him; none of those schools has a shortage of talented linebackers in their area. I think Bradford has some interest in Notre Dame, but I do think the Irish have quite a bit of work to do in order to really grab his interest.


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