Incoming freshman Nicholas Grigsby moved to Pittsburgh over the weekend to start his career as a Panther. Along to help Grigsby with the move was his brother, Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) class of 2012 safety Bam Bradley, who utilized the trip as another opportunity to check out the program.
"I went up to Pittsburgh this past weekend because my brother moved in so I took an unofficial visit and saw the campus and everything," Bradley said. "My family likes it because the coaches there never change. They always have the same mindset, same personality… they're not fake. I really feel comfortable with the staff there and what they are trying to do."
Grigsby committed to Pittsburgh not long after Todd Graham was named head coach in January. The fact that Graham's tenure in Pittsburgh is just beginning is appealing to Bradley.
"It's a definite plus that they are just coming in because the odds of them being gone when I graduate is very slim," Bradley said. "Them being there for the tenure of my career is one thing that I was looking at. That doesn't necessarily mean that I wouldn't like to go to an already established program, but the way things are going in this college football world, no program is 100 percent solid."
Bradley continued to add to his offer list during the Spring Evaluation Period, with Arizona, West Virginia, Tennessee and Syracuse among the most recent to join the list. Pittsburgh's place among his favorites, though, remains intact after his most recent visit to the campus.
"Pittsburgh has an advantage right now because my brother is there and I have already seen their campus," Bradley said. "I know everything they have to offer and talked to their coaches. I like it and my mom likes it."
"I would say there are a couple teams up there - Pittsburgh, Vandy, Stanford and Arizona. They are teams that kind of pique my interest, but it's still up in the air because I have a lot of places to see. For the rest of them, it's just up to me to get out there. Stanford is 3,000 miles away, so an official visit there will be the determining factor for that."
Bradley does plan to take his recruitment into the fall so he can make official visits to those campuses that are not easy to reach. He will not wait until the fall for his next visit, though, and is making plans to see more schools this summer.
"I'm going to "The Opening" down at Oregon," Bradley said. "My coach was talking about making a down south swing to Auburn, Alabama and coming back up through Tennessee to check out Vandy and Tennessee. I'm not 100 percent sure on that trip yet, but it's something we have been talking about."