Bradford getting looks on both sides of ball

Colton High School star Allen Bradford (6-2, 220, 4.56) is one of the most sought after recruits in southern California. Bradford is being recruited by most schools as a safety or outside linebacker, but not by USC. "Pete Carroll told me he's recruiting me as a running back, but he's also looking at me as a safety and linebacker," Bradford said.

Colton High School star Allen Bradford (6-2, 220, 4.56) is one of the most sought after recruits in southern California.

Bradford was recently named the MVP of the Nike Camp held at USC and quickly caught Pete Carroll's attention.

Bradford is being recruited by most schools as a safety or outside linebacker, but not by USC.

"Pete Carroll told me he's recruiting me as a running back, but he's also looking at me as a safety and linebacker," said Bradford, who one coach said is "Lendale White's double".

Bradford is a two-way player and his high school coach, Harold Strauss, said Bradford is the best player he's seen in the 26 years he's been coaching.

"Allen is such a special kid who is great on and off the football field,'' said Strauss. "Allen is one of our leaders. He's truly a great kid. I would give him the keys to my house, that's how much I think of him as a person."

Bradford was selected All-CIF as an offensive and defensive player and was also chosen to the All-State team. He benches 315 pounds, squats 505 pounds and cleans 265 pounds.

Bradford's hard work and ability have earned him numerous scholarship offers and he lists USC, UCLA, Washington, Ole Miss and Oklahoma as his favorites. He plans to make official visits to all five schools and all five have offered scholarships.

Bradford doesn't have a school at the top of his list of favorites, but he has spent time watching the Trojan football team and is very familiar with the program. He's attended practices and was at the April 10 spring scrimmage. Bradford is friends with USC running back Michael Coleman and has talked about USC and the Trojan football program with him.

"USC is a great program with a winning tradition," Bradford said. "I also know that a degree from USC is worth a lot.You can feel it and tell the USC players are a family by how they play and interact. They'd do anything for each other. Every player competes 100 percent and they push each other."

Bradford will not attend any camps over the summer so he can be present for his team's summer workouts.

"We have one week off after school ends, then we're back working out, running and playing football," Bradford said. "We become more of a team when we run together during the summer, so I want to be there for that."

Bradford is a member of the Colton High School track team and runs the 100 meters (11.1) and the 4x100 relay.


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