Bradley makes it official

After weeks of debating, Derrick Bradley made the move most Washington fans were hoping for; he committed this afternoon to Washington coach Rick Neuheisel, making the 5-9, 175-pound tailback/defensive back the third in-state verbal commit and fifth overall for the recruiting class of 2003.

"It's just something I needed to get out there," Bradley told a few minutes ago. "It takes such a huge load off of my shoulders. Now I can get back to playing high school football." Derrick suffered a deep ankle bruise in his last game and will sit out this Friday's game against Meadowdale. He'll be available in two weeks, when the Knights take on Jackson. It will be a matchup of two Husky commits - Bradley and Jackson WR Craig Chambers.

So how did it go down? "Well, I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel a couple of hours ago," he said. "We were on a speakerphone, and I was with my family and my coaches and I started barking, telling him I wanted to be a Husky. I want to wear the purple and gold."

And Neuheisel's response? "He was like, 'AAHHH!'," Bradley said. "He said,'Finally!'" (laughs)

Derrick is going to play defensive back for the Huskies, but would love to get a shot on the other side of the ball. "My understanding is that I'll be a corner but with players getting moved around, you never know what might happen," he said. Derrick ran a 4.31 at this summer's Husky camp, including an unofficial timing of 4.25.

Derrick chose the Huskies over Washington State and Oregon. All three had offered, as well as the Idaho Vandals. Top Stories