Vols snag JUCO big man

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If you ever thought there might be a dull moment in Knoxville in regard to Tennessee football, think again. Tennessee has snagged another commitment in junior college defensive tackle Ben Bradley.

Bradley, 6-foot-3, 315-pounder, went through the recruiting process once out of high school and that was enough for the Hutchinson Community College big man.

"I always knew that I was going to go to Tennessee," Bradley told InsideTennesse. "I was really tired of the recruiting process because I had done it already. Once I knew it was Tennessee then I just went ahead and did it today. I just couldn't wait for it to be over."

The Norcross, Ga., native racked up 39 tackles, six tackles for loss, and one sack in 11 games played during his freshman season in Kansas and it was a connection with former Hutchinson defensive coordinator and now administrative assistant Brandon Staley that had Tennessee out front.

"We stayed in contact a lot, especially after they offered me," Bradley said of Staley. "We would talk on the phone all the time. Coach Staley and Coach Sal have been my main contacts at Tennessee. Everything has been good with them. We keep in touch all the time."

Bradley, who plans to visit Tennessee in July, is already familiar with Rocky Top having visited as a young man, but unfortunately the Vols weren't as interested the first time around.

"When I was coming out of high school I went to two of their camps," he said. "They never offered me out of high school, but I said if they ever offered me I would go."

The big man couldn't wait to inform former teammate and five-star Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of his commitment to the Vols.

"He was really excited," he said. "He is my neighbor because we stayed in an apartment this year. I called him and told him and he was really happy."

While Bradley has been a dominate run stopper in the JUCO ranks, he has now shifted his focus to getting to the quarterback.

"This past season I was really good in the run stop," Bradley said. "I stopped the run really well. During spring I worked on my pass rush a lot. I worked hard this spring on my pass rush and I think I can do both now."

This makes another defensive lineman that Tennessee has stockpiled from the junior college ranks including Daniel McCullers, Maurice Couch and Darrington Sentimore.

Bradley makes the No. 13 commitment of the 2013 class for Tennessee and joins Hutchinson Community college teammate DeVondre Campbell, who also committed to Tennessee in May.

Bradley chose the Vols over offers from Georgia, TCU, Texas A&M and West Virginia. Stay tuned for more recruiting updates from InsideTennessee.com.

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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