August 14, 2011

Bam focused on senior season



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As one of the top uncommitted prospects in Ohio, a lot of attention will be paid this fall to Trotwood (Ohio) Madison product Bam Bradley. The No. 14 ranked prospect in Ohio in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2012 rankings, Bradley holds a dozen scholarship offers at the moment, including one from Ohio State. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect hasn't narrowed his list yet but that time may not be too far off.


"I plan to start scheduling my official visits," he explained. "I've only got one scheduled so far and that's out to Stanford. I'm probably going to go out to Penn State but I don't know yet. I'll probably start scheduling (the visits) here in the next few weeks."


Other than Stanford, Bradley is evaluating a lot of different schools to fill up those final four visits and he hopes to sit down with his family soon and figure out the other schools he will be visiting.


"I'm not sure yet," he said. "I'm going to visit the schools that me and my Mom think are the most interested and that are the best fit for me."


Though scheduling official visits is an important part of the process, most of Bradley's focus right now is on his senior season. The Rams made it all the way to the division II state championship game last season before falling to Maple Heights. Bradley won't settle for anything less than a return trip to Stark County in December.


"We're looking real good," Bradley said. "We've got a few bumps in the road but we're just trying to put everything together and just keep working hard so we can take this thing. Our coaches aren't letting us work any less than we did last year we're actually working harder. We know what we've got here and we've got to win the state championship, no less."


On Saturday afternoon, Bradley and his teammates got together for the annual Red/White scrimmage. As usual, Bradley made more than his fair share of plays and is excited to be back out on the field doing some hitting.


"It was a fun little scrimmage," he said. "It was just a chance to talk some trash and hit some quarterbacks that you haven't got to hit yet so it was fun."



Coach's take:


Trotwood head coach Maurice Douglass played in the NFL for 11 seasons for both the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants. In his time at Trotwood-Madison High School, he has coached several division I prospects and he gave us his take on Bradley.


"Bam is in the best shape that he's ever been in in his life," Douglass said. "Right now we have him playing on offense and defense. He's playing safety on defense but offensively he'll be lining up at quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, running back, we're just going to try and maximize his abilities. He's had a good camp so far, he's made a lot of plays. He had an interception in our first scrimmage and today he scored a touchdown so he's had a good camp so far."


Bradley's ability to run and make plays at his size are a big reason why he holds a dozen BCS-level offers and according to Douglass, Bradley has made strides in his man-to-man cover skills and is becoming a more well-rounded football player.


"His strengths are his ability to string and he can really get to the ball," Douglass explained. "Right now, with the shape that he's in this year, he'll make a lot of plays for us but him being able to run the alleys is probably the best thing he does. This year, people are going to see his cover skills have gotten a whole lot better."






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