RECRUITING: Sooners offer California linebacker

Colton, Calif. linebacker Allen Bradford update.


Allen Bradford is a perfect example of the new breed of linebacker. Bradford is an athlete that is based somewhat low to the ground, but who can fly to the ball and strike and opponent. As an outside linebacker in a 4-4 set, Bradford he goes into this senior season a four-year starter.

"I started at linebacker as a freshman when I weighed 180 pounds," said Bradford. "I love playing linebacker and I love physical contact. I am always doing what my opponent think I am not going to do."

A year ago, Bradford finished with 129 tackles, eight sacks, six fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and one interception. Bradford also excels at tailback, rushing for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also catching 20 passes for 237 yards and three more scores.

"Most people are recruiting me as a linebacker, but a few are talking to me as a running back," said Bradford. "Coach (Pete) Carroll is talking to me about playing running back. He said that I reminded him of Lendale White when he was young."

Bradford can bench 315 pounds, squats 545 and he has a 30-inch vertical jump. Bradford was recently named MVP of a camp at USC. He also attended junior day at USC.

Bradford has been offered by 12 different schools and he is waiting to see what some other schools might do.

"I am still waiting on a few other schools to offer me," said Bradford. "I am wide open right now and I am just waiting to see what is going to happen. I have been offered by USC, Georgia, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Washington, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Nebraska, Colorado State and UCLA. Notre Dame is also going to offer me. I haven't received their letter yet, but they say they have sent it. I don't have any favorites. Everybody is in the same position."

What are Bradford's thoughts on Oklahoma?

"Oklahoma was in the National Championship game against USC and they are a winning program," said Bradford. "They have a young running back in Peterson and he is going to be a great player there for the next two years. OU wants me to play linebacker, but I have been looking at the talent they have at other positions and they are going to continue to be good.

"When I was little I always wanted to play pro football and all of those schools that have offered me have good traditions of getting players to the pros. It is an honor to be recruited by all these great schools. I am so happy that all of these schools think enough of me to offer me a scholarship."

Bradford has his GPA up to par and he takes the test in June.

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