L.A. Receiver Prospect Has Visits

The wide receiver prospect from Los Angeles Fremont, Mark Bradford, has set some visits, and they're all to out of state schools. How does UCLA look in his picture?

Mark Bradford, 6-1, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont, has arranged three official visits, but says it's all even among the schools he's considering.

"I'm visiting LSU on November 15th, Oregon on January 10th and Michigan State on January 17th," Bradford said. He'll choose between Washington, Stanford and Notre Dame for his other two visits. "I definitely want to take all of my trips," he said. "And I want to wait until signing day to make my decision."

Bradford said he's still considering the local schools, UCLA and USC. "They're still on the list like anybody. I just don't want to take an official trip there since I can go there anytime. I'll definitely go visit them unofficially."

Bradford said that all of the schools he mentioned have offered him. He has turned in his application for Stanford yet, but he said the Stanford coaches have offered him a scholarship contingent on him being accepted by Stanford admissions.

When asked if he had a favorite, Bradford said, "No, not at all. It's really even among all of them."

The wide receiver, who has 15 catches for about 250 yards and three touchdowns so far this season, said that LSU has been working hard at recruiting him for a long time. "They're one of the schools that jumped on me really early and they've stayed on me. I really like the program. They're probably recruiting me the hardest."

Bradford cited academics as being at the top of his list of deciding factors. "Also, the surroundings, the environment, the coaching staff and the player atmosphere." He said he had absolutely no problem leaving the Los Angeles area and tahat going away to college "could be a very good thing."

If Bradford took a visit and was really impressed, would he consider verballing early? "I want to still hold out. It's just the fact that I don't want to make a decision based on just the trip. There are other factors that are just as important as the trip, and I know that if I made a decision on a trip it could just be an emotional decision."

Bradford is also a very solid basketball prospect and says he'd like to play both football and hoops in college. Many of the football programs recruiting him have gotten their basketball counterparts involved in his recruitment. "Every school recruiting me has said that I could play both sports," said Bradford, who is a combo guard on the basketball court. "I've gotten some attention from the basketball coaches. Mostly written letters. I haven't had any in-home visits." When asked if the basketball coaches from the L.A. schools have helped in recruiting him, he said, "Both the USC and UCLA basketball coaches have written me."

Among all the football coaches that he's spoken with during his recruitment, Bradford said one has stood out a bit. "It's probably Coach Willingham at Notre Dame. He is impressive."

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