We were in attendance at last Friday's Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul- Palmdale (Calif.) CIF title game which the Swordsmen won in convincing fashion 42-14. Prior to the game, we caught up with Palmdale coach Jeff Williams to find out the latest on offensive lineman Connor Bradford.
Bradford, 6-5, 270 pounds gave an early commitment to UCLA but like most of the Bruin pledges, he has decided to take some visits before making a final decision.
"Cal has really come on and is recruiting him very aggressively," Williams said. "I know he's going to look at them hard and will visit for sure.
"He's still committed to UCLA and will visit there next weekend (Dec. 14) but he's going to open up things as well and will take all of his visits now. I don't know if he has any other dates yet but he did say he wants to take all five before ending the process.
"With UCLA, he's interested in who they hire and what they do with the rest of the coaching staff. I know he likes coach Connelly but right now, he's going to try and stay open and see how things play out."
Against the Swordsmen, Bradford and the entire Palmdale offense really struggled to get much going. St. Paul was very physical up front on both sides of the ball and completely shut down Palmdales running game.
Bradford has a nice frame although he will need to get bigger and a lot stronger before he can compete at the Div I level. He's a decent athlete with solid lateral movement but will need to work hard on his overall athleticism as well.