Bradford Talks of Commitment

Palmdale (Calif.) offensive tackle Connor Bradford was offered by UCLA two weeks ago and committed to the Bruins following their 1-Day Camp, where he had a solid showing in front of the Bruin coaching staff. Bradford talks about his relationship with the coaches and why he committed to UCLA...

Palmdale (Calif.) offensive lineman Connor Bradford (6-4.5, 270) was offered by UCLA in late May but it wasn't until he camped there over the weekend that he knew UCLA was where he wanted to be.

"UCLA offered me about two weeks ago," said Bradford. "I had been hearing from them for a while when they offered me and I went to the camp on Saturday. I called them up on Sunday, I called Coach (Bob) Connelly and told him I wanted to commit."

Bradford had been a fan of UCLA, but it wasn't until recently that the possibility of playing for the Bruins looked to be a reality.

"I didn't know how serious they were about me until they offered," said Bradford. "Coach Connelly came by the school (during the evaluation period) but I didn't get to meet all of the coaches until the camp."

After taking a quick visit of the campus following the camp, Bradford had seen enough.

"I really like the coaches and the staff there," said Bradford. "They are. The campus and the school itself, I really liked it."

Bradford had offers from Utah, San Diego State and Nevada and said that Washington, Cal and Oregon had all been showing heavy interest with offers from them possibilities.

"But I really liked UCLA and I wanted to get it over with, so I committed instead of waiting for other offers," said Bradford. "We talked about playing time a little bit. Coach Connelly said that they're not very deep at the tackle position so I have a chance to come in and play early. Coach Connelly said he likes me as a tackle because I can move my feet pretty well for my size."

Bradford said his family was excited about the opportunity to have him nearby.

"They're very happy about me committing to UCLA," said Bradford. "They wanted me to be closer to home."

Bradford said he has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1350 on his first crack at the SAT.


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