Bradford looking hard at Washington

What's it like being one of the most sought-after football players in the country? You could ask Colton, Calif. LB Allen Bradford, because coaches from programs across the country have been "knocking at his door" for some time now.

"I've just been chillin' lately, trying to take a step back from the whole recruiting thing," Bradford told Friday afternoon, acknowledging that he knows it will heat back up really soon. "Right now I'm just getting ready to take an English class this summer to help my core average. I got a C in it and I know I can do better. That starts on Monday (July 11th).

"The class ends on the 29th and then me and (Colton teammate) Shareece Wright are going to head up to Seattle to visit Washington."

Bradford plans to head north with both his father and his uncle. "They want to come along to see stuff for themselves," Bradford said. "I've never been outside of California in my whole life, so anywhere I visit will be a whole new world."

So what is it about the University of Washington that is so appealing to a young man who has never ventured outside of the Golden State?

"I feel like I have an opportunity to play there," Bradford said confidently. "I know I'll have to work hard at it, but I'm confident in myself. I also like the fact that the Pac-Ten championships revolve every few years and while Washington was down last year, they may not challenge for it next year, but I think that they will be back the next year and I'd like to be a part of that. I think they could challenge for a national championship real quick.

"Coach (Tyrone) Willingham is also a good coach and role model. I guess I just see it as no matter where you go, if you're good enough to make it to the next level you will. So I want to go to a place that feels right. I'm not worried about the other stuff."

Bradford claims 24 offers to this point, but over the last few weeks he has whittled down his favorites to 15 and hopes to have the list trimmed further by the end of the month. "The 15 I'm looking at are (in no particular order) LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee, Ole Miss (Mississippi), USC, UCLA, ASU, Georgia, Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington, Cal and Notre Dame," Bradford said. "I will probably have it down to seven by the end of the summer.

As far as visits are concerned, UW is the next one up for Bradford and then he and Wright will join their teammates for camp in August to prepare for their season. "I have only set up one official visit so far and that is to Nebraska on September 2nd," Bradford said. "Other than that, I'll just have to wait and see. If I like my visit to Washington I will set up an official visit with them."

Bradford reported a 2.6 GPA (2.2 core) and a 1070 SAT (new version) and plans to re-take the test in October.

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