July 22, 2011
Bam lands his offer
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After months of uncertainty, the question about whether or not Ohio State would offer Trotwood-Madison safety Bam Bradley has been answered. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect was in Columbus on Friday morning on an unofficial visit and by the time he got back to his home in Dayton found out he had a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. Bradley is the number fourteen ranked prospect in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2012 Ohio rankings.
"I was looking forward to it, I was hoping to get it for a while now," said Bradley. "It made me happy and it makes my Mom happy that I got a bigger school that's closer to home that wants me now."
Bradley and his head coach Maurice Douglass met with the Ohio State coaching staff and the meeting provided both parties with an opportunity to clear the air on some past miscommunication.
"It was real good," he said. "They said the first time they saw me that I looked out of shape and when they came back to see me again I was hurt. I had had surgery on my knee and they didn't get to see me play and when they came back again in the spring they said I looked a lot better and they liked the way I presented myself and liked the way I looked. After watching me on film they said they felt that I was someone that could help their program."
Bradley put rumors of a clash between himself and the Ohio State coaching staff to bed.
"There wasn't any animosity or anything," he explained. "They were just keeping it real with what they felt when they first saw me."
There has also been some speculation as to what position Bradley will ultimately end up playing at the college level. The offer from Ohio State is at safety.
"That's the position I want to play," Bradley said. "Most of the teams that have offered have offered me to play the safety position."
Bradley holds more than a dozen offers from some big time programs and though most of his focus is on his senior season coming up, he's hoping to figure out which five schools will be getting official visits in the fall.
"I'm still looking at Stanford, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Arizona, Michigan State, and Michigan," he said. "I just haven't really been able to take any trips because money is tight nowadays. Some schools don't want you unless you come up there and take a visit, some schools didn't even offer me because I didn't go up there and visit. I'm still looking at schools and trying to decide where I want to take my official visits at."
Because Bradley hasn't taken as many unofficial visits as he would like, he realizes that a decision likely won't be made until after his senior season.
"I don't want to rush myself," Bradley said. "I'd like to get it done before the season even starts so I can get out of the way but I don't think that's going to be possible because I won't be able to take any official visits before the season. There's not really a timeline or anything, I just have to see which schools I like. The right decision will always present itself."
On the field, Trotwood returns a ton of talent from a team that reach the division II state finals last season and the expectations around the program are sky high.
"Individually, I'm shooting for about 15 picks," he said. "For the team, we gotta win states. Anything less is a letdown."
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