Kamiak ATH doesn't disappoint

There aren't too many sure things in life, but here's one - when Kamiak's Derrick Bradley hits some open space on the football field, he's going to score. The 5-9, 180-pound Bradley did that and everything else he was expected to, running for 176 yards on 15 carries and another 100-plus return yards as the Knights took care of business over Shorewood, 42-7.

"It's great," Derrick told Dawgman.com about getting out there and finally putting the pads on for real. "Just comin' out and being with your teammates and smackin' some other guys around. It's great."

While Bradley can control what's happening on the gridiron, it's the recruiting process behind the scenes that has the normally reserved athlete a little awestruck by the attention he's getting. "Coaches callin' me every day, saying 'We want you Derrick. We want you to come down, see our school. See what it's about.' It's crazy," he said. "I wasn't expecting it. It caught me off guard. I didn't realize September 1st was a time they could call again."

All four of the Northwest Pac-10 schools are making their pitches on Derrick, and he's made it clear that staying close to home is a priority. "Washington, Washington State, Oregon...all the schools around here," he said when asked which colleges called him on September 1st. So who called for the Huskies? "Coach (Keith) Gilbertson. He just wanted me to come down there, see what the games are all about and he was excited to get me to take a visit down there."

Derrick already took advantage of an opportunity to see the Dawgs take on San Jose State a week ago last Saturday. "It was kind of slow in the beginning and then really picked up in the second half," he said. "It was really exciting. I was seeing who was out there and how far their depth charts go down. I was watching the coaches, feel them out...see if they are good coaches. See what they do on the sidelines and help the players...if they make a mistake."

At this point, there's only one official visit Bradley is in the process of setting up. "I'm trying to set up one with Wazzu," he said. Derrick admitted that the two in-state schools have his attention right now, but he can't decide on a favorite. "I'm not really sure," he said. "It's a toss-up right now between Washington State and Washington."

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