Top Target: John Bradshaw

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One of the most talented – and certainly one of the biggest linemen in the state of Virginia is Stafford’s John Bradshaw .

Bradshaw, who has received offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Northwestern, is very quick off the ball as an offensive guard. His quickness enables him to successfully and consistently block defenders on pulls and traps. On defense, Bradshaw is a brawler who really lays a lick on opponents. Bradshaw, who is being recruited as an offensive lineman by college coaches, does not care which position he plays.

“It’s fun playing defense,” said Bradshaw. “Defense allows you just to play, while on offense, you have to think more. I don’t care which position I play though.”

By being one of the top line prospects in the state, there is little doubt Bradshaw’s recruitment could turn into one of those classic in-state battles between Virginia and Virginia Tech. The mammoth 6-5, 295 pound prospect is open at this point, and has visited a third “Virginia” more than any other.

“I’m wide open right now,” said Bradshaw. “It doesn’t matter to me whether I stay in-state or go out-of-state. I’ve been to West Virginia for a couple of junior days, and I liked my experience. I went to UVa’s spring game…that was a good time.”

Stafford coach Roger Pierce believes Bradshaw’s recruitment will pick up this May, as he expects more offers in the near future.

“He will get more offers,” said Pierce. “I think Virginia could offer him soon…Coach Heck and Coach Prince are still evaluating. Others could offer soon as well.”

Over the summer, Bradshaw will attend summer camps, however is undecided as to which ones he will attend.

This spring, Bradshaw has been busy in the weight room, attempting to get stronger before his senior season starts. His Indians fell short in their state title hopes last year, falling to Phoebus in the title game.

His goal as a senior is to capture the state title that eluded Stafford last season, and he believes they have the talent to get the job done.

“I want to win the state title,” said Bradshaw. “We lost some guys, but we’re alright.”