WR Bradley Coming to UConn

Dhameer Bradley called Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni Thursday morning with the news he had decided to accept a scholarship offer to play football for the Huskies.

"He was really excited," Bradley said when asked about Pasqualoni's reaction.

Bradley is a 5 foot 9, 165-pound wide receiver from Elkton Christian Academy in Elkton, Md. He becomes the fourth prospect to commit to UConn's Class of 2013 and he chose the Huskies over Hawaii, Temple and UMass. Bradley had offers from all three schools and had also been contacted by Maryland, Oregon, USC and West Virginia.

But Bradley was a camper at UConn last year and said he was impressed by the constant attention from assistant coach Matt Cersosimo over the past two years. Cersosimo is UConn's recruiting coordinator and will be Bradley's position coach when he joins the team. Bradley said Cersosimo has told him he reminds him of former UConn receiver Kashif Moore, now a free agent signee with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I like Coach Cersosimo and he talked to me a lot," Bradley said by phone Thursday evening. "And when I went up to camp last year, I really liked the facilities. They have a great academic program and I just think I fit in there.

"[Cersosimo] told me they won't redshirt me as soon as I get there. They're going to give me a chance to start. And he told me I could be a playmaker."

Bradley said UConn offered him about four or five months ago. He said he visited Maryland and Temple, but Bradley will be back at UConn camp on the weekend of June 16 and then stay over for an unofficial visit to Storrs on June 18.

The commitment from Bradley has an interesting sidebar since he is a teammate of Khaliel Rodgers, Scout.com's No. 2 rated center in the Class of 2013. Rodgers has narrowed his choices to Auburn, Ole Miss, UCLA, Ohio State, West Virginia and UConn.

Could they be a package deal? In a tweet to UConnPlaybook.com Thursday, Rodgers said Bradley's commitment does not impact his decision.

"I have to make a choice for me and my fam," wrote Rodgers, who begins a visit to Auburn on Frida. He is still planning on visiting UConn on June 17 when he participates in the 7on7 at Pasqualoni's camp.

"Of course, if one of my teammates comes with me, that would be good," Bradley said. "But he has to do what's best for them. He's very strong and quick off the ball. He just fights. I've rarely seen him get beat."

Bradley, who wants to study engineering, said his commitment is "solid" and a weight off his back.

In addition to Bradley, UConn has commitments from offensive tackle Tommy Hopkins of Thornwood, N.Y., offensive guard Matt Barone of McKees Rocks, Pa., and wide receiver Noel Thomas of New Canaan, Conn.


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