Bradshaw Realizes Dream

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Jaylen Bradshaw has wanted to go to Virginia Tech since he was in the 8th grade.  This past Sunday, Bradshaw, now a rising senior at Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA), was offered a full scholarship by head coach Frank Beamer following an excellent performance at Tech’s one-day camp.  Wednesday night, the 6’1″, 175-pound wide receiver prospect accepted the offer.

“I was talking to my mom about it.  I told her, ‘I guess I’m ready to do it.’  I called [Oscar Smith head coach Rich] Morgan.  Coach Morgan told me to call Coach Stinespring.  I did and made it official,” said Bradshaw, who took a walk to calm down after phoning Stinespring.

Virginia Tech’s football tradition sparked Bradshaw’s interest in the Hokies.  More recently, he has grown to appreciate the coaches and the environment in Blacksburg.  He also is hoping to major in Sports Medicine and likes Tech’s reputation academically.

“I just like the atmosphere there,” Bradshaw said, referring to Virginia Tech.  “Like when I arrived on campus on Sunday, it just feels soothing.  I felt that way once I got out of the car.  The coaches are very welcoming, very laid back.  I have a personal relationship with them.  I can talk to them about everything.  Coach Stinespring, Coach Brown, Coach Moorehead, Coach Beamer… they are all great coaches.”

Bradshaw was focused and determined on Sunday.  He performed well in morning testing, posting 40-yard dash times of 4.5 seconds flat, 4.42, and 4.4 flat.  Rain delayed the start of the afternoon session (drills and one-on-one competitions), but the standout receiver was ready when play resumed.  His performance in the afternoon was a good one.

Following the camp, “I talked to Coach Moorehead.  He told me to go see Coach Stinespring,” Bradshaw recalled.  “I followed Coach Stinespring up to Frank Beamer’s office.  I talked to Coach Beamer and he told me I had an offer.”

“My mom cried,” Bradshaw said when asked what his parents’ reaction was to the offer

Bradshaw was a solid contributor last season for Oscar Smith, an in-state powerhouse on the gridiron.  He finished 2012 with 35 catches for 700 yards and three scores.  Next season, though, is expected to be his breakout year.

“He’ll be our top receiver,” Morgan said of Bradshaw, Tech’s first Oscar Smith recruit since running back J.C. Coleman.  “I think he is