Virginia enjoyed a successful recruiting weekend, picking up two verbal commitments. The first to break was that of Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Greenbelt, MD) safety Thierrien “Bud” Davis. The second was that of Seventy-First High School (NC) prospect Kevin Bradley .
Bradley, who is a 6-2, 230 pound fullback/linebacker prospect, committed to Head Coach Al Groh immediately after receiving his official scholarship offer. He chose the Cavaliers over an offer from Central Michigan and interest from Mississippi State.
“I committed,” Bradley said. “I’m real excited. Coach Groh offered me yesterday morning. He said he thinks I could benefit the team with how hard I compete and how hard I work.”
Bradley made the visit with his family, who he says were excited as well. During his visit, he enjoyed spending time with the players and learning about the academic system. He was hosted by sophomore fullback Jason Snelling.
“I really liked the fact that Virginia is close to home,” Bradley said. “My family will be able to come and watch me play pretty easily. I really liked the player/coach relationship as well. It was all cool. Everybody was real together, and that’s what I was looking for. Academically, they have a lot to offer. They provide you help when you need it, with tutors and things like that. They just have a lot to offer.”
UVA appears to be recruiting Bradley primarily as a fullback, though inside linebacker is a possibility as well.
“Coach Groh told me they like me as a fullback,” Bradley said. “But they also mentioned linebacker. Coach Golden said it may be inside linebacker.”
Bradley combines very good speed with his large frame. He posted a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash during a combine at his high school last year. In addition, he is very strong, as he can bench press a maximum of 360 pounds and squats 500 pounds. He was strong enough to play nose tackle for the North Carolina squad in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl last month.
In the classroom, Bradley carries a 2.9 grade point average and has scored an 850 on the SAT. He is interested in majoring in Architecture.
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