When 4-star JUCO defensive end David Bedford signed his LOI to play for the South Florida Bull's back in February, many knew what type of a player the Bulls were getting on the field, but not many knew the hard work and dedication it would take for him to make it.
On the field Bedford finished the nine-game season at Independence CC with 63 tackles, 15 for loss, 13.5 sacks, three caused fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He was been offered by West Virginia, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State, before choosing to play for the Bulls.
"Everything's been going great," said Bedford. "I'm just working hard to get myself to USF."
Originally from Palm Beach Lakes High, Bedford signed with Louisville out of high school but never made it.
"I didn't have the test scores needed to get in there so I came out here," he said. "I'll graduate in the summer and I'll be a three for three guy."
When we spoke with Bedford after signing day we knew he had a long road to travel to get to Tampa, but didn't quite realize how hard it really was for the 6'5 240 pound DE. We thought he had to make up 24 plus credits but, there was even more to it.
"I'm finishing a little break," said Bedford. "And now I'm heading back to begin the summer session."
Bedford academic journey is nothing less then amazing. He just completed a semester where he took 18 credits, and still has seventeen more credits to complete before enrolling at USF.
"I think its seventeen credits that I need to finish," said Bedford. "My freshman year I had a bunch of classes that didn't transfer and that messed me up a bit, but I'm taking care of it."
The 4-star JUCO defensive end is taking four classes at Independence this summer, but it doesn't end there.
"I'll finish up the first session in July," said Bedford. "Then I'll head to Tampa to finish up, and be closer to the team."
Bedford will arrive in either late June or July and will have two classes he'll complete while in Tampa.
"I still have to take English II and physical science II, but I'll be taking them in Tampa."
The highly anticipated recruit has a tight summer schedule. Once he finishes classes at Independence at the end of June, he'll begin classes in Tampa in July.
"Classes end either late July, or early August," said Bedford, "Then I'll be heading up to campus. That way I'll be close, can start running and working out with the team, and get ready for next season"
With such a tight schedule, is the plan for Bedford still to play this upcoming season?
"Yes, my plans are to play in the fall," said Bedford. "We've talked about me playing on the other side of George Selvie."
Bedford says besides school he has been conditioning and getting ready to line up on the other side of Selvie.
"I'm where I want to be right now, I'm a little heavier then George, around 15 pounds," said Bedford. "I'm weighing around 253 right now, and it feels natural, and a good playing weight. I'd like to get to 260 if I could."
Everyone knows what Bedford can do on the field, but by the time he makes it to campus he will have completed 34 credits since January, a feat that takes many well over a year to complete. It shows dedication, perseverance and hard work, and is nothing short of astonishing.
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