RECRUITING: Top Oklahoma QB grew up a Sooner

Putnam City North quarterback Sam Bradford talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.

SAM BRADFORD, QB, 6'4, 205, 4.64, PUTNAM CITY (NORTH HS), OKLA:

Sam Bradford is the top passing quarterback in Oklahoma and a lot better athlete than people give him credit for. However, the more people watch him and the more they see him workout, the faster he climbs the quarterback charts.

Bradford broke onto the Oklahoma high school scene as a sophomore and really blossomed last year throwing for close to 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

"I think I can throw all the passes that a passing quarterback needs to throw," said Bradford. "If there is a touch pass that needs to be dropped in there I can do that, but if I need to gun one in there I can do that. I can also throw on the run. Most of our pass plays were play-action with me rolling out. In fact, I would rather throw on the run, or rolling out, than as a straight drop-back passer.

"I am a good three- to five-step passer. That is what we use in our system. Last year we were a balanced offense, but this year I think we will become a little more pass-oriented. We have a good receiving corps and I think we will use them this year."

Bradford can bench 225 pounds (set of five), squats 405 (set of five) and he has a vertical jump of 34-inches. Bradford starts in hoops and averages 15 points and nine rebounds per game. He has earned some mail from college basketball coaches, but has no offers at this time.

Last year, Bradford went to the OU, OSU and Miami. He also went to the U.S. Army combine in San Antonio and to the OSU and Kansas junior days. This summer, Bradford hopes to go to the OU and OSU one-day camps and then the Stanford three-day camp.

Bradford has been offered by Texas Tech, Texas A&M, OU and Iowa State.

"Throughout the month of May and June I am trying to get all the information I can about all the schools," said Bradford. "By the month of June, I want to narrow my choices down to two or three and then really get involved with those three schools and see which one really fits me. Right now I like OU, Texas A&M and Michigan, and probably Texas Tech and Stanford."

Sam's dad (Kent) played at OU from 1975 to 1978 and his uncle (Kyle) played baseball at East Central.

"It has been real cool to have a dad and an uncle who got me into everything, "said Bradford. "My dad always coaches me and he has been the guy that developed my talent, along with my uncle. They have both been there to give me advice and help me get through the recruiting process, which he went through at one time.

"I have grown up in an OU family and I can remember when I was little going back for the OU-Alumni game and hanging around all the players. We have always had season tickets and gone to the OU-Texas game and stuff. That probably gives OU an edge in the recruiting. I already know a lot about the OU program and I have always been a fan, so I have grown up always wanting to play at OU.

"It is close to home, so that is another factor that is in OU's favor. I like OU's offense because they are not afraid to throw the ball up the field. I mean, Jason White threw over 40 touchdown passes one season. I want to make my decision before the start of my senior football season, but in reality I will make it when I totally know where I am going to go and feel comfortable with that decision."

Bradford has already qualified.


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