Junior college defensive tackle Ben Bradley (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson Community College) used to attend Tennessee football camps when he was a high school player at Norcross, Ga. He always wanted a scholarship offer from the Volunteers, but he never got one in high school.
Bradley finally got that offer playing on the juco level, and the 6-foot-3, 310-pound tackle verbally committed to the Volunteers on Friday. Bradley chose Tennessee over offers from Boise State, Texas A&M, Arizona and Arkansas. He became Tennessee’s 12th commit of the 2013 recruiting class.
“I always told myself in high school that I would go if they offered,” Bradley said. “When I went to a couple camps, they never offered, but since they offered me in juco, I decided to take it. All my family loves it.”
Bradley’s freshman season at Hutchinson included 39 tackles and a sack. Nine of those tackles were for a loss. Bradley helped Hutchinson finish 9-3 overall and earn a No. 9 ranking in the final 2011 NJCAA national poll. He is the second Hutchinson player to commit to Tennessee for this recruiting cycle, as he will join 6-5, 215-pound linebacker DeVondre Campbell for the 2013 season.
Bradley brings power and deceptive quickness to Hutchinson and is expected to do the same for Tennessee. He bench presses 360 pounds and squats 560, and he has run the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.
Bradley was recruited to Tennessee by defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri, as well as administrative intern Brandon Staley, a former assistant coach at Hutchinson. Bradley added that the decision made the family happy because of proximity. The drive from Norcross to Knoxville, Tenn., is roughly three hours.
“I feel good,” Bradley said. “I feel like I made the right choice, and my parents feel like I made the right choice.”