Ben Bradley, who anchors the defensive line for Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga., made his first trip to WVU and took in the Mountaineers' 31-0 win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday. He liked what he saw on his trip, which did nothing to move WVU from its spot atop his list of schools.
"I talked to the head coach and the defensive line coach, and they showed me around the facilities. I liked them, and I liked the campus there," said Bradley, who doesn't waste any words with his answers. "I'm looking for a chance to get playing time, and I'm looking at the surroundings and the campus. I liked everything I saw there."
Bradley plays defensive tackle for Norcross, and also works on the offensive side of the ball in practice. At his height and build (6-2, 270 lbs.) he's being recruited as a defensive lineman by West Virginia.
"I've played both nose and tackle, and I think I could play either one in college. I'm playing the three (strong side tackle) right now, but I can play nose. I don't have a preference."
A strong interior defender who stands up well against the run, Bradley is a strong plugger who can also get penetration. In his first game this fall, he recorded eight tackles and 1 ½ sacks.
"We had a shutout in our last game, and we're 2-0 now," Bradley added. "We play a mix of running and passing teams, but stopping the inside run is my strength."
The visit to West Virginia will likely be the last stop for Bradley on the recruiting trail. He visited North Carolina State last weekend, and is now set to make his decision between the Wolfpack and the Mountaineers. Several factors, including distance from the school, are being considered as he discusses his final choice with his family.
"The distance is a factor, but I like a lot about West Virginia. I've been talking about it today, and discussing things with my mother and father. I will announce my choice on Wednesday."
While both schools remain in the running, it appears as if West Virginia is in very good shape to land what could be one of the anchors for their rebuilding defensive line.