It was a battle for one of the top DE's in the country, but at the end the Bulls got their man in 6'5-240 pound DE David Bedford, from Indepedence KS. In todays exclusive Class of '08 interview find out, what type of a player he is, what team he is most looking forward to playing against, and much, much more. Only on USFNation.com! Get it First, Get it Fast!
David Bedford Profile
USFNation.com: How does it feel now that all the signing day hype is past?
David Bedford: It feels great because I'm finally close to completing my journey to playing D-1 football with the University of South Florida. I feel like big things are going to happen here.
USFN: Why did you choose USF?
Bedford: It came down to USF, West Virginia, and K State. I chose USF because I thought the scheme was better for me, the coaching staff is great and USF is a team that is going places fast. Also the chance to come home and play was big for me. Not to mention the chance to line up opposite George Selvie is exciting.
USFN: What are some of the things that you like about USF?
Bedford: Everything, I've loved it since the first camp I went to. I like the coaches, the players, and the campus. This is the perfect situation for me. Also, I have a chance to play early. It's all up to me, how much weight I can put on and how well I do when I come in there. I'll be spending a lot of time training and preparing and stuff for when I get there this summer.
USFN: Have you been following the Bulls this season?
Bedford: Yeah, I watched every chance that I could watch them on TV
USFN: How long have the Bulls been recruiting you, and who were involved?
Bedford: Just this year mainly. I had the most contact with Coach Leavitt and Coach McCarney.
USFN: Have you met the new defensive end coach Patrick yet?
Bedford: I spoke to him two or three times, and we've already built a pretty good relationship with Coach Patrick, and am looking forward to working with him.
USFN: Which coach made the biggest impression on you during your recruitment?
Bedford: All the coaches were great, especially Coach Leavitt, I'm looking forward to working with them all.
USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Bedford: Actually I don't. The only one I know would be Selvie. I met a few while on my visit but don't really know them yet.
USFN: What position are the Bulls recruiting you for, and do you play any other positions?
Bedford: They're recruiting me for defensive end. I can play both sides, but they're looking at mostly left end because Selvie plays on the right. They stood me up a little bit sort of a Leo, but that was only in one package.
USFN: Do you play inside at all?
Bedford: I actually played inside a lot. We had a package where I was a three tech when we had three down lineman. I feel that made me more prepared to handle different guys then someone who only stayed on the end.
USFN: You really seemed to get noticed this, what was the reason?
Bedford: I guess when teams hear about a 6'5 pass rusher that some people say is a bit like Javon Kearse they take a look. I also had good stats and broke some school records and had good film. I also had some help from the coaches that put me out there.
USFN: What type of a defense do you like to run the most?
Bedford: I like the 4-3, a straight 4-3. That's what I ran in high school, it's what we run here, and that's what we'll run at South Florida. I don't mind being moved around the line either. I really don't like doing stunts, I rather bull rush a guard, but I'm a team player and will do what ever they ask.
USFN: What type of offense do you like to see when you get to the line?
Bedford: Well I don't like to see two-tight end sets much because I'm facing double teams. I'll still do well, but I'd much rather come to the line and see a three receivers set, three or four receivers is always fun.
USFN: Do have a favorite play that you like to run?
Bedford: Not really, I like anything that gets me to the QB. We had a play where the linebacker will go one way and me the other that always was good to run. I also liked dropping back as a linebacker on some plays.
USFN: Do you have a favorite move?
Bedford: Not really, no signature moves or anything like that. My favorite move is a stab move. Where I come in with just one arm instead of two and bull rush in, keeping the other arm free to do whatever..
USFN: Is there a play that catches people off guard?
Bedford: Anytime I bull rush. Mostly during the game I'm trying to use my speed to get up field. So when I Bull rush or dump underneath it surprises them.
USFN: Do you enjoy playing special teams?
Bedford: I did in high school, but they didn't use me on special teams much here. I didn't like it much in HS because I played both ways too, but at USF, I'll play wherever they need me.
USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player?
Bedford: My quickness, and my natural size and my heart. I got long arms and no matter how big the o-lineman is I can extend and lock out.
USFN: Is there anything that you would like to work on as a player?
Bedford: Yeah I want to get bigger. I'd like to get to 250 or maybe even 260 pounds. If I can get bigger and stay fast, I'll be good to go. I run a 4.64 and I'm always going to work on my strength, to make me better.
USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the field?
Bedford: My Favorite thing is probably celebrating after a big play. It's a little dance. They call it the grave digger up here.
USFN: What is the perfect play to you?
Bedford: Anytime during the game that I make a big play. Whether it's third or fourth down, a sack or whatever, anytime it's an impact play. Getting a sack and the fumble is big. But making a big stop is just as good. I like going one on one with the tackle, and going after the QB. We call it a jet, just go get the QB. If I can get a big hit, or get a sack. I feel it's perfect when after the sack you force a fumble and or recover it. If I can't get there, then I use these big arms to swat the ball down.
USFN: What is your most memorable moment on the field?
Bedford: Probably this year when I had 3 sacks and 10 solo tackles. One play I had a scoop and score but it was called back, otherwise that be the play.
USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Bedford: I watch as much as I can of Jason Taylor, and Javon Kearse. Dwight Feeney a bit but he's a different type of player.
USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Bedford: Right now I'm 6'5 and probably 240 pounds right now, and run a 4.64.
USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Bedford: I play a little basketball, but not on a team.
USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape before you get to Campus?
Bedford: I'm training hard, and running with the team, basically the same things I've done.but at the same time I'm making sure I get my classes taken care of so I can get there. Right now I'm 6'5 a bit heavier, probably 240 pounds right now. Right now in the weight room I'm benching about 315 pounds and squatting 404 pounds.
USFN: Have you used your redshirt year?
Bedford: Yes, I already used a redshirt year so I don't think I'll use another.
USFN: What do they plan to accomplish while here at USF?
Bedford: Off the field I want to get my degree and become a better man. On the field during my first year, I want to match the production of George Selvie. If I can match or do better, that would be great. Just by learning from him will be great for me.
USFN: What three things come to your head when I say USF?
Bedford: There's just one thing that comes to my mind. That I made it! I shed a tear on signing day when the papers were put in front of me, knowing that all the hard work, on those hot summer days, working in the weight room was all worth it. I didn't make it out of high school, and now I'm going to a great D-1 program in South Florida.
USFN: What team are they most looking forward to playing against in the next 4 years?
Bedford: Probably West Virginia, I want to help south Florida win the Big East. Also I'm friends with a QB there Jared Brown. I don't think I'll be in school when they play Notre Dame.
USFN: How many credits are you taking this semester to qualify?
Bedford: I'm taking 24 credits but I'm doing good and will be ready to go. I should be there in late June or early July.
USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
Bedford: Oh. I'm real excited that I'll be at USF real soon, I can't wait.
USFN: Is there anything you want to say to USF fans?
Bedford: Tell them to expect everything that they've heard. Every where I've gone, I've been hyped up a lot, but I always show up, and have always performed.
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