Bradley: "Better Than I Could Have Imagined"

Dylan Bradley was the first commitment for Coach Monken and his staff, and he can be a cornerstone of many more good things to come. This weekend he took an official visit to Southern Miss and took time this afternoon to talk about it with

Dylan Bradley is a talented defensive lineman who committed to Southern Miss just a few weeks ago. He's been to campus before, but this weekend knowing he's going to be an Eagle everything seemed to have a different feel.

"Everything was better than I could have imagined," he said. "I knew what a great place it was, but the people are what impressed me so much.

"From the lady that cooked our meals, to the training staff, to the academic advisors, coaches, everyone. It is just a beautiful place, and I couldn't be happier to be here."

Bradley's host was Rakeem Nunez, and he said Nunez is going to be a mentor for him when he gets to school.

"Rakeem was a great guy, and he wants to really help me grow into a great player here," he said. "He's going to take me under his wing and show me all about what to expect in college. He showed me the ropes, and who and what to stay away from."

Bradley said in his conversations with the coaches, he just has felt comfortable in every step of the way.

"The defensive coordinator, Coach Duggan, the line coach, and Coach Monken have just made me feel like they are really going to take care of me," he said. "They know what it takes to be successful, and they have everyone believing that they are going to be back to winning championships.

"Coach Smith believes it too. He was awesome. He showed us what the team is going to be doing on and off the field, and how he can help us in getting and preparing to get to the next level."

Bradley says he feels like this group will be important because they are Coach Monken's first group to come through.

"We all talked about how we are the start of something new at Southern Miss," he said. "Coach Monken is trusting us to come in and build on what he is trying to do. We are all ready to prove to him we can do it."

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