Bedford looking for a sense of security

4-Star JUCO DE David Bedford has a new approach to recruiting after taking an official visit to WVU. On his visit, a certain Head Coach promised he would be at WVU longer than Bedford himself, a week later that coach took another job in Michigan. Now David says he's not going to be so quick to make a decision after having that experience. Read on for the rest of the story.

Each recruit makes their decision based on several factors. Sometimes it's playing time, other times its academics, in the case of JUCO defensive end David Bedford it's job security. Not his, but the security of his future head coach.

"I'm going to take a few weeks and see how things shake out before I make a final decision." Says the 6-foot-5 Bedford.

This season David Bedford finished the nine-game season with 63 tackles, 15 for loss, 13.5 sacks, three caused fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He has been offered by Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Oklahoma State, South Florida, West Virginia and Iowa State. Two weeks ago Bedford took a visit to West Virginia and had a conversation that has now changed the way he looks at recruiting.

"I sat in Coach (Rich) Rodriguez' office. I asked if he was going to be there if I came to play for them. He looked at me and told me he just signed a 7 year deal and he'd be there longer than me."

A few days later David read that Coach Rodriguez had left WVU for the Michigan job.

"He said to my face he was staying…That experience made me a little nervous about which school I will pick."

Bedford says it made his priorities change when he looks at schools, now he focuses on the coaching staff.

"I will take a little more time, USF is my leader and if there are no changes there that will be the school I go to."

Recently Bedford received an offer from the University of Miami. He says that has also made him re-think things.

"I got that UM offer and it made me look at all my options again. Before I went away for school (Independence, Kansas) I told my brother if the Canes offered that would be my school."

Does that still hold true?

"I don't know. I think when I moved away I learned a lot and I think South Florida is the best situation for me. UM got in real late and I was already leaning toward USF. I'm set on going there as long as there is no coaching change."

He also said the fact that UM defensive coordinator Tim Walton was fired would have little effect on his decision. Bedford's main recruiter was Michael Barrow.

Bedford has one more semester at Independence and will enroll in his new school after the spring semester where he will have 3 years of eligibility.

My Take:
David Bedford seems to be a lock for USF. I do not see any coaching changes coming from either Coach Burnham or Coach McCarney, the two that have been his primary recruiters. I also hear that UM is backing off due to the rapid number of recent commitments. The Canes did offer him two weeks ago and if things change on their board he could come back into the picture, but they only have a few spots left and I don't think Bedford fits in their class this year. The only thing Bulls fans need to worry about now is the departure of any defensive coaches, which is unlikely at this point.

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