Bradford's Stock Rising

The athletic wide receiver prospect, Mark Bradford from Los Angeles Fremont, answers the concerns about his ability at the Palo Alto Nike Camp on Saturday...

Mark Bradford, 6-1, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont was probably the best all-around player at the Palo Alto Nike Camp and definitely improved his stock with a good performance Saturday.

It's always been pretty obvious that Bradford is a nice athlete with great hops and good hands. The question about Bradford previously was whether he had the speed and the cutting ability to play wide receiver at a high major program.

On Saturday, he put those concerns to rest. Bradford showed nice speed in the 40, running a 4.41, which was one of the best times for the day. He actually didn't jump as high as you would have expected, but still was among the best in the vertical testing with a 34-inch jump. In the one-on-one drill is probably where he was the most impressive. With his size and good body, he showed great feet and quickness in making his cuts, leaving a few defensive backs in the dust.

When talking to Bradford, he said behind a huge smile that he's still very wide open in considering colleges. "I wouldn't rule any one out right now," he said. "I don't even know if I could narrow the schools down to a list." Bradford did rattle off a bunch of schools, then, like Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington, Cal, USC as well as UCLA. He did say, though, that he thought more schools had offered him lately, but he hadn't talked to his coach to find out exactly which ones had.

What are the factors that will make an impact in his decision? "That's difficult, too, at this point," he said. "A good education is important. But I don't have a preference about staying close to home. I'll just see what schools are interested and then start getting information on them, take some trips and make a decision."

It sounded like his decision wouldn't be coming any time soon. Again, with a smile, "I don't know, probably not," he said. "It doesn't seem like I'd commit soon, but anything is possible."


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