Bradley clarifies status

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Certainly when a university dumps its head football coach a certain amount of recruiting fallout is expected.

For Tennessee, the first departure came from FOX Sports NEXT four-star safety Kameron Miles and then from four-star junior college defensive tackle Ben Bradley, but the Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College prospect clarified his status with

Brandon Staley is leading the Tennessee recruiting effort on Bradley.
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"I am still committed to Tennessee," Bradley said. "I am a soft verbal. I wouldn't say that I am 100 percent to Tennessee, but I am still committed."

Tennessee graduate assistant and former Hutchinson defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, who is now eligible to recruit on the road after the firing of Derek Dooley, recently, visited Bradley and fellow defensive line teammate Toby Johnson.

"The visit went good," Bradley said. "We just talked about how things have been since the last time that we saw each other. He was talking to me about my plans with my academics and things like that. He was making sure I was on track to go ahead to graduate in December."

Bradley plans to enroll at his school of choice early and says his final decision will come on junior college signing day on December 19 and one thing that works in Tennessee's favor — the Southeastern Conference.

"You always want to play against the best and the SEC has the talent," Bradley said. "It is a good way to measure your game. All the best players are playing down there."

The 6-foot-3, 314-pounder played nose tackle as a freshman this past season for the Blue Dragons, posting 39 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack.

Bradley is under the impression that Tennessee's next coach will be announced in the next two weeks, but he was not given any names that were under consideration.

You can see highlights of Bradley's 2012 season at Hutchinson below:

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