Recruiting: Bedford Says Visit Was 'Great'

David Bedford, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end out of Independence (Kans.) Community College, was one of four junior college prospects to visit Oklahoma State this weekend. caught up with Bedford Sunday afternoon after he had returned from the visit. Find out what he had to say here.

Bedford racked up 63 tackles, including 15 for 92 yards in losses, and had 13.5 quarterback sacks in nine games this past season as a freshman. He also broke up four passes, recovered three fumbles and forced three other fumbles for the Pirates, who finished 2-7.

Bedford, originally out of West Palm Beach, Fla., expects to make a decision after three additional visits – West Virginia (Dec. 8), South Florida and Iowa State. He said he will enroll in January at whatever school he picks and have three years of eligibility remaining.

Did you make the trip to Stillwater this weekend?
Bedford: Yes, I made the trip and just got back.

How did it go?
Bedford: I loved it. Everything was an A-plus.

What impressed you that you gave the trip an A-plus?
Bedford: Oklahoma State is going to have great facilities, and everyone knows about that. They were great people, a great coaching staff... with Coach (Tim) Beckman coming from Ohio State.

Did you spend a lot of time talking with Coach Beckman?
Bedford: Yes. I spent a lot of time with him and Coach (Mike) Gundy. There were a lot of great people and I could see myself working with those guys on the defense.

What player was your host over the weekend?
Bedford: Jonathan Lewis.

What did he tell you about the program?
Bedford: I just asked him about the guys on the coaching staff, and he said they're real cool guys. I asked him about the strength and conditioning coach, and I asked him about Gundy, and he said he's straightforward with you.

What's the most important thing that's going to influence your decision?
Bedford: Playing time is the most important. I will have three years. Three years isn't the greatest time but I think three years is enough where I should be able to get a lot done. I want to come in and play (right away).

Did you make a commitment this weekend?
Bedford: No, I haven't made any decision. My next visit is to West Virginia next weekend, and then I'll be going to Iowa State and South Florida. The trip to South Florida is Jan. 12, and Iowa State is going to be some time in January.

Once your make all your trips you'll have to make a decision right away to get enrolled at the school you decide. Do you see that being a problem?
Bedford: I'll have enough time.

What did you see this weekend that would be considered an advantage for Oklahoma State?
Bedford: Facilities would give Oklahoma State an advantage over almost anybody in the country.

Do you want to return to South Florida, or will the location of any school play a role in your decision?
Bedford: I'm pretty much open to anywhere, but at the same time I'm looking at defensive schemes also. As far as West Virginia playing the 3-3-5 defense, I really don't want to play in that defense. We used that scheme a little bit where I was and I like what Oklahoma State does with its defensive ends.

Could you see yourself playing a defensive end in Beckman's scheme?
Bedford: Yes. With the guy Nate (Peterson) leaving after this year, and he was pretty good. I think I have a lot more size than he does, and they said they would see me doing the same things he did.

What would be one word that would sum up your visit to Oklahoma State?
Bedford: It would probably be great.

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