Four In The Hunt

The top-ranked linebacker in the nation by Scout.com has two official trips down, three to go.

Colton (Calif.) linebacker Allen Bradford (6-0, 225) has already visited Nebraska and Oregon, but December will be spent in the Golden State.

"I'm tripping to UCLA on December 16th, Cal on December 10th and USC on December 3rd," said Bradford. "The only one that could get changed is to Cal. If we make it to the Championship (CIF Division I), I'll have to change it since it is that weekend."

If their first round decision was any indication, Bradford could be rescheduling. Colton beat Los Alamitos 57-7, and Bradford had an exceptional game, as he has all year. He rushed for 240 yards on 16 carries and scored six touchdowns while chipping in nine tackles and three "big hits" on defense.

"We bounced back after losing to REV (Redlands East Valley) and when we bounce back, we bounce back big," said Bradford. "We're just reminded that we have to stay focused and we brought our best game against Los Al."

This weekend, Colton plays Mater Dei, then the next couple of weekends, it will be about recruiting, and making a decision.

"I'll take the rest of my trips then I'm announcing at the Army Game. No one really leads right now. It's down to Cal, USC, UCLA and Oregon. I'll decide after the trips are done and at the Army game, but I'm definitely taking all three of those trips," said Bradford.

There has been much discussion with Bradford about where he will play in college, linebacker or strong safety. He said, "All that really matters is that I play defense. I'm looking right now at safety. I can see the whole field and make a lot more plays and don't have to face the d-lineman. Each school is saying I could play either linebacker or safety."

Bradford commented on each of his four finalists. "Cal is a good school, and they are losing two safeties so I could get into that position early. UCLA is another good school and they've got it turned around and I like the coaches. Oregon is getting it turned around, too. USC, they're the champs and prove it. Each has good academics too."

Bradford said the success of a year ago, and the subsequent top-billing at linebacker hasn't added any pressure, merely causing him to raise his game.

"I think I did better this year than last year. I've got about 36 touchdowns and 1500 yards and like 130 tackles and 12 sacks," said Bradford.

Academically, Bradford is fully qualified.

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