There is no question that linebacker/running back Allen Bradford (6-0, 222, 4.45) from Colton, Calif., is amongst the best players in the state and the nation. Bradford has been a standout since his sophomore year when he was selected all-state underclassman, all-CIF SS linebacker, all-county and all-league on both sides of the ball in 2003.
As a sophomore, Bradford rushed for 1,314 yards on 163 carries while averaging 8.1 yards per carry and scored 19 touchdowns. He also had three receiving touchdowns. On defense he had eight sacks, three fumble recoveries (one that he returned for a touchdown), and two picks that he returned for touchdowns.
Bradford was just as good his junior season. Again he was all-state as a linebacker, all-CIF linebacker, all-county linebacker, and all-league and all-area on both sides of the ball.
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On offense, Bradford rushed for 1,295 yards on 182 carries while averaging 7.1 yards per carry and scored 15 touchdowns. He once again was a threat out of the backfield as a receiver. Bradford accounted for 15 receptions for 275 yards and had three receiving touchdowns.
On defense Bradford's performance was downright lethal to the opposition. He racked up 129 tackles, eight forced fumbles, six sacks and four fumble recoveries.
Is there any wonder the Los Angeles Times ranked Bradford as the Southland's top linebacker prospect?
Bradford at the time being has six offers and quite possibly another one on the way.
USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, Colorado State and Ole Miss have come to the table with an offer.
The Georgia Bulldogs called Colton high school about a week ago told them that they were going to offer Bradford.
Bradford attended USC's junior day this past weekend and like all who were in attendance was very impressed with the Trojan program. He also was on hand to take in a practice when UCLA was in spring session.
"USC and UCLA are his favorite schools right now," Keith Bradford, Allen's Dad said. "But he's still pretty open. Academics will be very important."
The word is Ole Miss told Bradford that he could start for them as a true frosh. Bradford has the type of ability to make an early impact at just any program.
Another thing that D-I schools are excited about Bradford is he's only 16 years old. There is a very good chance that this young man could still grow. Bradford's upside is tremendous.
As it is Bradford is an outstanding all-around athlete who could end up playing several positions on the D-I level. He has the skills to be an impact player at safety, linebacker or running back.
Bradford prefers the defensive side of the ball at this time.