"I found out that I was going to have to get in SEC shape if I wanted to get that left guard slot," added Bradley Sowell.
"When I went on my visit, I went in for a physical,
and they measured me at 6' 8 3/4", 366. I know I have a big frame, and I
am just a thick guy, but that was just too much. Coach Orgeron said he wanted
me to lose some weight if I was serious about earning a starting job. He said
it would benefit me if I reported to Ole Miss with some weight off. Coach Orgeron
told that 366 would be hard for me to compete in the SEC, so he wanted me at 325
when I reported."
What did Sowell do about it?
my Christmas and graduation money and hired a trainer. I have been working so
hard, and I have stuck with it. I have gotten down to 338. I feel like a new person.
I have been calling Coach Kehoe everyday giving him a status report. Me and Coach
Kehoe have gotten closer than we have ever been. I even got him on the diet I
am on now. He saw me and could not believe it. I told him it was time he joined
me. He told me that is what his wife told him the same thing (laugh). Coach Freeze
came to my school, and he could not believe how different I looked. My body is
so much different now. I am around 24 percent body fat right now, which is average
for a lineman. But he is cutting me up in different places. I am going to get
my body fat down in the teens before I report."
Bradley has one thing
on his mind for next season and that is to have a shot at the left guard slot
that became available when Andrew Wicker graduated.
"Coach Kehoe told
me I would have a chance to compete for that spot, and I really want it. He thinks
I am going to be awesome. He likes how athletic I am for a guy my size. He said
I have a chance to get that job. That is why he wants me to lose this weight.
He thinks I will have a chance to compete for the job if I do because of my athleticism."
has also had the opportunity to train with another prospect that Ole Miss is keying
"Johnathan Frink has come up here some to train with me. He
is an animal. He is so strong and lean. I have been going down there some to train
with him in Oxford. Oxford is like home away from home for me."
has a love for people and has become one of Ole Miss' top recruiters.
coaches like my recruiting. They say that the other recruits always mention my
name. That is what I want to do when I get out of college. I want to become a
recruiter. I started out calling Scottie (Marshall Williams) and Jamariey (Atterberry).
We all took our visit together and they both committed. I have been calling (Rashad)
Mason and (Johnathan) Frink everyday. Rashad really had a good time on his visit
to Ole Miss. I can tell that he really likes it at Ole Miss. And I will go out
on my word and promise you that we will get Frink. He is coming to Ole Miss. Me
and Robert (Elliott) have been talking since last summer. Robert is one of the
best guys you will ever meet. I can not wait to start blocking for him. We talk
about how great it's going to be to play together. Me and Rishaw (Johnson) also
talk a lot. We met at the Ole Miss camp and then we gave each other our phone
numbers at one of the Ole Miss games, and we have been talking ever since. He
is excited about coming to Ole Miss. Chris Strong and I met last year at Ole Miss'
Jr Day. We just hit it off right from the start. Chris is like me. He was born
a Rebel. I did not have to do too much recruiting with Chris (laugh). All of us,
we are already developing a tight bond, and we have not even gotten to Ole Miss
yet. Everybody is just so hungry to win some championships at Ole Miss. I just
can not wait to get to Ole Miss and start going to war with these guys. I have
dreams weekly about running out of that tunnel for the first time wearing the
Red and Blue. I get chills just talking about it."
Sowell getting serious about his weight
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