Five Star Prospect Bradford Prepares For Visits

Five Star Prospect Bradford Prepares For Visits

It never hurts when you can acquire five-star talent at any position and as Nebraska looks to continue to rebuild the Blackshirt tradition, a little of that ability on the defensive side of the ball would be a welcome addition. We sat down with the number one linebacker in the country, Allen Bradford, to get his thoughts on his recruitment and find out about his scheduled official visits along with a whirlwind unofficial tour.

Allen Bradford could be compared in some ways to Rey Maualuga from last year's recruiting cycle.  A five-star linebacker from California that may eventually end up at USC with Maualuga obviously committing at the Scout.com U.S. Army All-American game.  Much like Rey, Allen is also being recruited by the Nebraska Cornhuskers and while it might be a minor miracle to pull him out of California, the Cornhuskers have a chance.  They also have an official visit scheduled with Bradford. 

He will be visiting during Nebraska's opening weekend versus Maine in what proves to be one of the two biggest recruiting weekends for the Cornhuskers this year.  He will also be visiting LSU when they play Tennessee (9/24), Notre Dame when they play USC (10/15) and Mississippi when they play LSU (11/19).  Apart from the official visits, Bradford, Devin Ross and Shareece Wright are all currently on a trip to visit California, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington unofficially.  Bradford also recently snuck in a trip to UCLA.

In terms of what Allen is looking to improve on, which even a five-star prospect can do, he is looking to define his role as a linebacker to improve his skill set.  "Right now I've been really working on my technique and footwork.  I'm trying not to break into man coverage using my hands so much.  I'm trying to play just using my hips," he said.

Bradford currently ranks his relationship with Nebraska as "decent" saying it has potential to get better.  "They've been sending me letters and I read them all. They've been sending good things.   If I picked a top 10, they'd be there," he said.

Currently, Bradford claims no favorites but admits the pull of staying close to home is a strong one.  "I like more of the west coast teams.  If I go out of the area and I like it, whatever happens happens.  I really want to stay west but that's the only thing that would hold me back," he said.

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