Bedford has one trip set

One of the top JC defenders in the country this year is Independence DE David Bedford and he's gotten a lot of attention from schools across the country. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented edge rusher recently and he talked about his first season of JC ball and how recruiting is coming along.

"It's been pretty good for us out there," Bedford said recently. "We're now 2-2 and we need to be a little bit better, but I think we're coming along really well."

Bedford prepped at West Palm Beach High School in Florida and had offers from several Big East and ACC schools, but he didn't achieve a qualifying test score so he went the JC route.

"Louisville is where I was leaning, but they dropped me because I wasn't going to qualify so I came to Indy," Bedford said. "It's a lot different in Kansas than it is in Florida, but I've gotten used to things and the way things are done around here and I'm happy with where I cam."

Bedford redshirted the 2006 season and came out like a house-of-fire in Independence's first four games totaling 32 tackles and five sacks.

"I'm good against the run and rushing the passer, but I'm probably best at getting after the QB," Bedford said. "I needed to get stronger this past summer and that was what the coaches challenged me to do so I could be strong at the point and I think I did that."

Bedford now benches 325 pounds and runs a fleet 4.7 forty time. He also has a 33-inch vertical leap and a very long wingspan to knock down passes.

On the recruiting front, Bedford has offers from Kansas State, Kansas, Arkansas and Western Michigan and also has been hearing from Ole Miss and South Florida.

"I actually have a visit set up with Kansas State for November 17th so that's what I'm doing with them," Bedford said. "I like their coaching staff and how aggressive they are on defense. I think I would fit in great there."

Bedford said teams have talked to him about possibly moving to a linebacker position and he's happy to do that, but he feels most comfortable at defensive end.

"I like having my hand on the ground and just being physical, but in the right scheme and system I think I could get used to standing up and doing it," Bedford said. "Right now though, all of the schools are telling me they like me at defensive end and if I need to move later they would figure something out."

As mentioned earlier, Bedford redshirted in 2006 so he'll finish his degree in December and will have three years to play three wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Bedford in the coming weeks and the season moves along.

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