Recruiting Profile: Sam Bradford

There is no doubt that Sam Bradford is the top quarterback prospect in the state of Oklahoma. The soon-to-be senior from Putnam City North has been starting for the Panthers since his freshman season. He is an NFL combine pleasing 6-5, 205 pounds with good mobility for a dropback-style quarterback.

Heck, Bradford is a tremendous athlete that starts on the basketball team at Putnam City North and is one of the top golfers on the Panthers varsity golf team. During the photo shoot with the top players the photographer was trying to get the seven players present to pose with a smile. I couldn't help with the others but I told Bradford that anybody that plays golf the way he does should be smiling and he cracked a big grin.

His numbers in football are way above par for a high school quarterback. His sophomore season he completed 144-of-256 passes for 1,714 yards with 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Last season he improved to 151-of-270 for 1,980 yards with 16 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions.

Bradford is a 4.0-plus student in honor classes and was first chair in the orchestra for several years. He is truly a multi-talented youngster. It is that big arm and excellent field general qualities that have schools looking his way. Mike Leach and Texas Tech offered very early and in the past week Texas A&M has joined in. A&M's quarterback coach, Les Koenning Jr., was at Putnam City North a week ago and he reported directly back to Dennis Franchione.

"It's pretty exciting to have all these coaches inquiring about you," said Bradford. "Now the phone calls have started and I know it's early but I really like talking to the various coaches."

Bradford said he is far from a decision, but is interested in both Tech and A&M. He also likes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Arkansas, Tennessee and Stanford. He actually listed Tech, OU, OSU and Stanford on a more exclusive wish list.

"Tech was first, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are close by, and Stanford is so outstanding academically," added Bradford.

Oklahoma State is evaluating Bradford, but the Cowboys won't be looking to take more than one quarterback. There are ample candidates in Texas, so it will be interesting to see what happens. Meanwhile, Bradford is not totally hung up on recruiting. This is a young man who has enjoyed and will continue to enjoy high school. With plenty of talent around him he is looking to win a lot of games this fall and maybe add another distinction for himself and his teammates, being state champions.

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