Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) safety Bam Bradley is coming off an official visit to Penn State this past weekend, and has two more official visits set up for later this month. The Nittany Lions set the bar high for his remaining visits.
"I really liked Penn State," Bradley said. "The atmosphere up there is second to none, so that definitely started the trip off right. 110,000 were in there and they were going crazy. They didn't come out with the win, but the crowd was in it the whole time."
Penn State dropped their home contest against Alabama 27-11 last weekend, but the chance to see the Nittany Lions in person gave Bradley a better sense of the opportunity available.
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"I picked up that there is a good chance of me getting in early and playing," Bradley said. "I know that it is not going to be given to me, especially at a traditional program where I know senior loyalty is big. But there is definitely an opportunity. Their two safeties right now are both seniors that are leaving."
Outside of the game, the rest of the weekend consisted of the regular official visit activities.
"I got to see the campus and I went out with a few of the players to see what the campus life was like," Bradley said. "I got to meet and talk with Coach Joe Paterno and that was big. He knew everything about me and I was kind of shocked. This man has coached some of the greatest players to play and he really wants me up there."
Programs like Ohio State, Pitt, Arizona, Stanford, Michigan State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech are also still in the hunt for Bradley's signature, but Penn State solidified their spot among his favorites with the visit.
"I really had a nice visit, so they are going to be in there until the end," Bradley said. "I haven't cut it down yet, but even when I do cut it down I think Penn State will be in there until the end."
Bradley will follow up the official visit to Penn State with another official visit next weekend.
"I'm going to Pittsburgh on an official the 24th [of Sept.]," Bradley said. "I wasn't going to take an official there because I have been going there so much since my brother plays there, but my mom said [to officially visit]."
Bradley also has an official visit scheduled to Stanford for the weekend of Sept. 30. He has not yet decided which schools will receive his final two official visits.