The recruiting process for Trotwood-Madison three-star safety Bam Bradley came down to the final hours, with Arizona, Pittsburgh and Stanford all still in consideration. In the end, the 6-2, 200-pound prospect decided he was headed to the Big East program.
Bradley announced for Pitt during a National Signing Day press conference at his school. Trotwood-Madison head coach Maurice Douglass was out of town on Wednesday, but was with Bradley in the days leading up to the decision and talked about what led into the decision.
"Just the opportunity to be able to go out and be able to compete at one of the better institutions," Douglass said. "Distance matters to him, but it's not the most important thing. I think he kind of wants to play with play with his brother, but at the same time he is his own young man and is doing what he feels is best for him."
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Bradley's older brother, Nicholas Grigsby, signed with Pitt in the 2011 class and is currently a freshman on the Panther's roster. Playing alongside his brother, and within reasonable distance from home, certainly helped Pitt in this recruitment.
Bradley's decision probably would have been more cut and dry except for the coaching change that saw Todd Graham and his staff leave Pitt, and Paul Chryst take over the Panther's program. Having to develop a relationship with a whole new staff made the decision much more difficult in the final days leading up to National Signing Day.
"It affected him a lot," Douglass said. "Before the coaching change he was probably sold 100 percent on Pitt. When the coaching changes came, three of the guys that recruited him went to Arizona and that represented a huge challenge because those are the guys he built a relationship with. I believe that's what made it a tough decision for him."
The big-hitting Bradley is ranked as the No. 41 safety prospect in the country and the No. 43 overall player in the state of Ohio.