#1 Linebacker Will Narrow List

Colton High's Allen Bradford, the #1 linebacker in the country, will narrow down his list of schools soon, and has his first official visit planned for this weekend...

Scout.com's #1 ranked linebacker, Colton (Calif.) High's Allen Bradford (6-0, 225) has a busy week ahead of him.

He'll end the week by making his first official visit, to Nebraska, for the Huskers season opener with Maine. The night before, Colton will have a 4-way scrimmage against Dominguez, Santiago and Barstow.

And on Wednesday, on the eve of the fall contact period, Bradford will narrow his schools down to seven.

"There are two east coast schools and the rest are west coast schools. I'm not going to say which ones they are until the 31st, but I will say that UCLA and USC are going to be on that list," said Bradford.

Some of the schools Bradford had been mentioning are Washington, California and Oregon in the west and obviously Nebraska, given his official visit there next weekend.

Bradford has taken unofficial visits to UCLA, USC and Washington and said each of those schools had good things about them.

"I had a really good experience at Washington. Coach Willingham is a really good coach and I may take an official visit there. UCLA and USC, I've been there both a lot of times and I feel very comfortable there," said Bradford.

Cal is another school Bradford regards highly and the Bears have been a strong presence in his recruitment.

Bradford said that narrowing down his list to seven schools should give him a better idea of where he will take his five official trips, all of which he plans to take. "I'll decide before Signing Day," Bradford said. "I may announce at the Army All-American Game if I get selected, but if not there, ESPN called me and said they want me to do it on there."

Being ranked the #1 linebacker in the country might come with a great deal of pressure for Bradford, but he said it is anything but. "I was going to work hard and play my game this year whether I was ranked #1 or not. All it does is shows me that the hard work has paid off. But i'ts not about the rankings, it's about winning a ring for my school. The seniors have really been leaders and we want to win," said Bradford. "Inside, I always felt I was the #1 player in the nation, period. But it won't change the way I play. I play the same, hard."

Bradford said he may take the remaining trips during the season, or he may wait until the season is done. Regardless, he is prepared for the onslaught of calls and is enjoying the overall recruiting process.

"It's been real cool. A couple of coaches said my highlight film is the best film they've watched in a long time. And that has made me work harder to try to make a highlight film from my senior year that is even better," Bradford said. "I know it's going to be hard being back in school, with coaches calling. It's going to be tough and hard to deal with but if a coach calls, and I have to do my homework, I will. I still have to finish school."

Bradford said he would be hitting as many Bruin and Trojan games this fall as his schedule allows, but was done visiting their practices. "I like how they both practice. They both said I have free tickets to home games whenever I want them," said Bradford.

UCLA coaches Eric Bieniemy and Brian Schneider are recruiting Bradford to the Bruins. "We're real cool, Coach Bieniemy and I. Same with Coach Schneider, Coach Dorrell, they are real cool," Bradford said.


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