'Old School' describes Roussel

It became the saga of the last month of the recruiting season. Redemptorist (Baton Rouge) LB Bradly Roussel commits to Washington, then decides to commit to Tulane when the Husky coaching staff asks him to hold off on that commitment while they explore other options and then signs with the Dawgs after they come back with arms wide open. To say it was a crazy time would be an understatement...

But controlling the craziness is exactly what makes Roussel one of the top linebackers in the Pelican State.

"Washington got a steal," Redemptorist head coach Gy Mistretta told Dawgman.com recently. "He's an old-school type of a linebacker. He's a downhill players, who has great instincts, who has a great mind for the game.

"He's a really fun kid to watch play the game and he plays hard-nosed and he's really quick."

As a sophomore in 2005, Roussel helped lead the Wolves to a 13-1 record and the 4A State Championship while wracking up over 160 tackles and was named All-State for his efforts.

He had a solid junior campaign in 2006, totaling more than 90 tackles and ended his high school career by leading the Wolves to the state semi-finals and was named All-State for a second time when he amassed over 130 tackles.

"When he arrives he gets there with great intensity and we hear compliments from other coaches and players all the time about how tough of a player he is," Mistretta said. "From our standpoint, here at our school, we have programs coming to scout us from all over the country. That's true throughout Louisiana. The competition is fierce and we've had great success during Bradly's time."

When Washington came calling with a written offer last June, Roussel was intrigued and was excited to commit to the Huskies before he visited Montlake in early January.

On his trip to the Northwest, Roussel met with head coach Tyrone Willingham and he was asked to hold off on his commitment while the Huskies evaluated some other players.

In the interim, Roussel visited the local school -- Tulane -- and decided the Green Wave was where he would play his college ball, but things changed very recently.

"I really wanted to go to Washington, but I had to go somewhere," Roussel admitted. "I couldn't leave myself out to dry so I committed to Tulane, but when Washington came back I was excited and decided to commit to them.

"It was really refreshing to get that call again."

Willingham made the call and told Roussel they would love to have him come aboard and the young man from Louisiana's state capital was all too happy to oblige.

"(Willingham) said he was very excited to have me," Roussel said. "He said he never had any doubts about my abilities to play, but they just had a few other things that had to work themselves out."

When Roussel faxed his letter-of-intent this morning, it was tough to tell who was more excited -- Bradly or his father.

"I think my dad was more excited than me and he's been there every step of the way and he's real proud of me," Roussel said. "He wanted to be able to watch all of my games, but he knows Washington is where I wanted to go so he's really happy for me."

Mistretta noted that with Roussel heading north, the Huskies might find themselves with a few more fans from the Bayou.

"I like the idea of him going away," Mistretta said. "I liked the idea of him staying here as well, but you get a greater sense for our younger kids to see more of the country and you'll have a lot of Washington fans down here now coming out of this program."

Which can only mean good things in the future.

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