The top player in all of California and arguably the best linebacker in the country is Colton's (Calif.) Allen Bradford. With offers from just about every major program in the country, Bradford recently narrowed his list to a final four and has visit dates set with each of them.
Bradford, 5-11, 220 pounds is having a huge season on both sides of the ball and justifying why he's so highly touted. The athlete has 105 tackles (13 a game) and 10 sacks on defense and has been just as dominant on offense rushing for 1,184 yards (12.6 ave.) and 19 touchdowns in eight games this season.
We knew Bradford was a special player after his 1st team all-state underclass selection a year ago and he went on to wow everyone at the SoCal Nike camp earning camp MVP honors. The athlete dominated the position and one on one drills and tested off the charts as well running a 4.54-40 (electronic SPARQ time) with 25 reps on the bench.
Bradford has the size and hitting ability of a linebacker but the speed and athleticism to play safety at the next level and said he's getting recruited at both positions right now.
"I actually prefer safety," Bradford said. "I like linebacker too but I just think safety is where I would project the best at. Cal uses a rover on defense that is kind of a cross between a linebacker and a safety and that's probably perfect for me. USC is recruiting me for safety too and Oregon and UCLA are saying linebacker or safety, those are my final four schools right now."
Bradford has already taken official visits to Nebraska and Oregon and has the rest of his trips lined up as well.
"I'm going to UCLA (Nov. 11), USC (Dec. 2), and Cal (Dec. 9)," Bradford said. "I'm going to announce my decision January 7 at the Army All-American game and right now, I really don't have one school that is standing out above the rest. Since I narrowed my list down to four, I've really started to enjoy the recruiting process a lot more and I'm looking forward to finding out as much as I can about each of these schools.
"I'm going in to each of the visits with an open mind and following my last visit, I'll have plenty of time to think about what I want to do. I'm in no hurry to make a decision and even if I knew ahead of time, I still want to wait until the game to make a decision and have fun with it. I'm looking for a place where I can come in and compete for playing time right away and a place that gives me a chance to win as well."