Bradshaw Puts Syracuse On Top After Visit

Sunshine State defensive back Scoop Bradshaw bonds with Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer during unofficial visit, puts the Orange on top.

Tampa (Fla.) Plant defensive back Scoop Bradshaw saw one of his teammates commit to Syracuse on Tuesday in three-star quarterback Rex Culpepper. Bradshaw was on the visit with Rex and also had a good time, despite not pulling the trigger.

”Well first, the coaches were great,” Bradshaw said. “Very nice people individually. They have a great academic program. It was fun. They have a (great) new stadium.”

The highlight of the visit was spending time with Orange head coach Scott Shafer. The two were able to get to know each other on a more personal level.

”I love coach Shafer,” Bradshaw said. “He wants to get to know all of his players individually and have a bond with his players. I talked to coach Shafer for a minute. He told me to never look back. Look forward when life goes bad in the worst situations. He told me stories that me and him had connections on.

”Coach Shafer wants to be there for his players. We didn’t just talk football; we talked about life and education. I loved the Syracuse visit.”

Overall, the trip had a big impression on the 5-foot-11 defensive back.

”I love it here,” Bradshaw said. “It was a great visit. I love the coaching staff. I would really like to look more into Syracuse. Coach Shafer is a great coach because he doesn’t just want to be your football coach.

”He wants to have a bond with his players in real life situations. And education and not just football. The visit was fun. Syracuse is definitely ringing my mind in decision making.”

Bradshaw added that he has Syracuse as his top school. Other top schools just behind the Orange right now are Kentucky and Indiana. He also indicated a decision could come soon.

Scout's Mike McAllister and Corey Bender contributed to this report.

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