Recruiting has got off to a strong start for Springfield (Ohio) sophomore defensive back Delian Bradley. The 6-foot, 183-pound defender has added early offers from the Mid-American Conference, American Athletic Conference, Big 12 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten Conference.
First Star Football Report spoke with Bradley about his early offers and adjusting to all the changes happening around him and his recruitment.
Michigan State – I don’t know much about Michigan State as I’ve never been there. I’m talking with Coach (Harlon) Barnett and I’ve heard he’s a great guy. They are my first Big Ten offer and I’m excited to visit them.
Pittsburgh – I’ve been talking Coach (Randy) Bates. I’ve never been there but they are my first ACC offer. I know they have a good law school and I think they had the most sacks in college football other than Ohio State who played one more game.
Toledo – I’ve been to Toledo multiple times. In my freshman year, I went to a game and I’ve been to one of their football camps and another game for a visit. Their fan base is big and loud and they’ve got a nice support system. I’m talking with Coach (Nate) Cole and he wants me to get back up there and just stay on top of my grades.
Cincinnati – Coach (Marcus) Freeman is the coach recruiting me. I’ve been there for football camps, and the day I got offered, I took a tour of their facilities. I like their dorms and their stadium and how nice their facilities are there. With Coach Freeman, it’s nice knowing someone coming from where I’m coming from is there to give me advice about recruiting.
Kentucky – Moses Douglass, Isaiah Gibson, and Kordell Looney are all there and I’ve been there multiple times having been to visits, games, and camp. They are telling me how helpful the staff is there and I’m talking with Coach (Vince) Marrow. We’re building a good relationship. Kentucky is a nice school and their fan base is crazy.
Akron – I’ve not been to Akron and don’t know much about them. I’ve been talking with Coach (Matt) Feeney and Coach Brewster. I’ve also talked with Coach (Bryan) Gasser multiple times as he’s been to several camps I’ve been at. I was to visit Akron but the week I was scheduled to visit it was canceled because of the virus.
Kent State – I’ve never been there but was to attend their Mega Camp. But it’s been canceled. I was looking forward to going there.
Iowa State – I’ve never been there but I’m talking with Coach (Jeff) Myers and hope to visit at some point.
Bradley was looking forward to the spring evaluation period and visiting several schools this spring. How hard has it been with everything shutdown?
“It’s real hard,” said Bradley. “Not being able to visit schools has been a transition and something you just have to get used to.”
With talk of summer camps being canceled all summer, how does Bradley feel about the possibility?
“I would be disappointed if there are no camps this summer,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to showing coaches my skills. However, I can’t worry too much about it as it’s out of my hands.”
One thing Bradley has made the adjustment to is staying ready for when football returns.
“I’ve had to make my own new routines,” he continued. “I get my school work done and head out to a field. I set up my cones and ladder and work on my craft. I go on runs and also really work on stretching.”
As a player Bradley has identified the following as areas of strength and where he needs to keep working.
“I feel like I’m good at reading the play and making a play on the ball,” he said. “I’m also a good form tackler. I need to work on my backpedal and getting out of my break faster.”
This past season was special for Bradley and the Wildcats and he credits head coach Maurice Douglass and the seniors for guiding the way.
“It was fun this year,” he said. “The seniors have always said we’d make a strong run in the playoffs since I was a freshman and we did. The playoff run was crazy as Coach Douglass has always talked about his runs at Trotwood and how fun they were. So for us to be the first to make a deep run it really brought up the city and everyone was happy about our run.”