Five-star linebacker/running back Allen Bradford (6-0, 225, 4.54) from Colton, Calif., saw his season come to an end last Friday to Orange County powerhouse Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 42-27. Bradford ended his high school career with another outstanding performance. On the night, Bradford rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He also racked up 15 tackles on defense. Bradford had his first in-house visit Sunday Night.
USC linebacker coach Ken Norton, Jr., was in the Bradford household for their first home visit.
"It was a good visit with USC," Bradford said. "They let me know how people succeed at USC. Ken Norton is a cool guy."
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"My Mom is a little worried about the area USC is in," Bradford said. "But the school has been there for over 100 years and great people like Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart still go there and they succeed. You just have surround yourself with good people."
It is going to be very busy around the Bradford home over the next few days. Cal is coming in on Tuesday evening and Oregon will have their in-home visit Wednesday evening.
"UCLA is also going to come to the house," Bradford said. "I just don't have the exact date."
Bradford has already taken official visits to Nebraska and Oregon. He will again start to take visits this coming weekend when he visits USC (Dec. 2nd). He will follow his visit to USC with one to Cal (Dec. 9th) and last but not least UCLA (Dec. 16th).
Bradford is going to let his decision known to the public during the US Army All-American Bowl telecast on January 7th. He will also represent California in the Cal/Fla all-star game on December 31st.
"Right now it is down to four teams between UCLA, USC, Cal and Oregon," Bradford said. "All four schools are on top in the Pac 10."
"It's a can't lose situation for me," Bradford said. "All four schools have excellent academics, excellent players and excellent coaching staffs."
Bradford lived up to his five star rating by Rivals.com. Even though he was a marked man on both sides of the ball, he excelled.
On the offensive side of the ball, Bradford rushed for 1,869 yards and scored 29 touchdowns. He was also a threat catching the ball as he hauled in 20 catches for 420 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
On defense, Bradford was just as dominating racking up 157 tackles, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles. He picked up one fumble recovery and raced 82 yards to score a defensive touchdown.
Bradford is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals100 team landing as the nation's No. 6 prospect at any position for the class of 2006. He is also rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 1 outside linebacker and is a member of the Rivals.com preseason California Top 100 team landing as the Golden State's No. 1 prospect at any position.