Heading in to the SoCal Nike Camp in Los Angeles (Calif.), no player came in with more hype than Colton (Calif.) linebacker Allen Bradford. The talented athlete more than lived up to the hype taking home Camp MVP honors.
Bradford measured in at a rock solid 5-11, 219 pounds and tested very well clocking a 4.54-40 (electronic time), 4.44 shuttle, jumped 29 inches in the vertical and did 25 reps on the bench. His *SPARQ Rating of 77.7 will likely be among the top 20 in the camp but it was what he did in the position drills that really put Bradford over the top.
"The camp at Miami last week was loaded but Bradford was better than anyone I coached there," lead LB coach Chris Gizzi said. "It was a joke watching him in the one on one drills. He's so quick and just blanketed those running backs. He plays hard and has a great work ethic. He's also very coachable, every one of the LB coaches out here loved working with him and that's important."
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Upon hearing of his honor, Bradford was humbled but also excited calling over his coach and teammates to tell them.
"It means a lot to me," Bradford said. "It's what I worked for. "There was a lot of talent out here and hearing that I was rated the best player in the camp, that's a great honor."
On the recruiting front, Bradford currently holds offers from USC, Arizona, Washington, UCLA, Nebraska, Georgia, Mississippi and Colorado State and listed a trio of Pac 10 schools plus one school from the South among his favorites.
"USC is my leader right now followed by UCLA, Washington and Mississippi," Bradford said. "I want to go through the recruiting process and take my trips before I commit anywhere but I do like the West Coast and think it would be cool to stay close to home."
*Taking the standard measurements of the football combine, the SPARQ Rating weighs and combines the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and bench press into a single number that measures an athlete's overall athleticism. Thus, football players can track the progress of their training, through occasional tests, and compare SPARQ Ratings with teammates, training partners and competitors.
To learn more about the SPARQ Rating, go to sparqtraining.com.