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Dream is complete

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This weekend could not have been bigger for Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City North quarterback Sam Bradford who finally put the stamp on his childhood dream.
Bradford became the second commitment for the Oklahoma Sooners late Friday becoming the only quarterback that will be taken in the current class for the in-state power. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound gunslinger said it's been quite a ride up until this big moment.
"Well, they came down, watched me practice like two weeks ago," Bradford said about the Oklahoma coaches. "Then an offer came and last Thursday we went down and visited with coach (Chuck) Long and coach Bob Stoops. I had a lot of questions and they answered them before I even had to ask."
"I had to think about everything, I grew up watching them, and I just realized that OU was the place for me."
Like any recruitment of a top caliber player, at times it can get very tiring. Bradford explained that it was a huge relief making his decision.
"Probably for the past month, I was just thinking everyday and every night about what different schools have to offer," Bradford said. "I just knew where I wanted to be and I can have fun this summer and concentrate on my senior season."
Though schools such as Texas A&M and Texas Tech could keep the pressure on Bradford, he made it clear that this decision was a long, carefully chosen one and it was very solid.
His only visits that he has planned this upcoming summer are to Norman for possibly camps or just to be around his future teammates. He also is very aware of the competition at his position for the future, but like any hungry player he welcomes it.
"I mean I know they've got three quarterbacks there right now, but they said when I get there everyday I'm competing for that starting job," Bradford said about playing time. "But I want that. I want somewhere fair and allow me that opportunity.
"I know that I have to earn every minute of playing time I might get."
Not only was his family excited for the talented young man to make his decision, but Bradford explained that it all came down to living out a childhood dream that was the most important factor.
"I knew that Oklahoma was only going to take one quarterback and that's what they've always been up front with me about," he said. "That kind of made my decision go a little bit quicker than it might have because this was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up."
"My family understood what my dream was and that I grew up an OU fan. After working hard towards all of this, they were just really happy for me to finally make my decision."
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