- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer told Trotwood-Madison coach Maurice Douglass that three-star safety Bam Bradley is one of the players the Buckeyes need in their 2012 class.
This weekend, Meyer will have an opportunity to make sure that happens, as Bradley will visit Ohio State, Douglass said Thursday. Joining the player for an unofficial visit will likely be Watch List junior linebacker Michael McCray II and possibly Watch List junior safety Cam Burrows.
"[Meyer] indicated that he's one of the guys that they can't lose. They can't have him not be at Ohio State this year," Douglass said of Bradley after Trotwood-Madison's state championship victory Dec. 2. "He told me that Trotwood is going to be one of the schools that they have a pipeline in. He said they're not going to be going to Michigan anymore, they're not going to leave Ohio."
Bradley has already officially visited Penn State, Pittsburgh and Stanford and said previously the Cardinal is one of his favorites.
Many felt Pitt was his leader because his half-brother, Nicholas Grigsby, is a freshman there, though Douglass said it's an uncertain time after Todd Graham resigned as Pitt's coach Wednesday to take the same job at Arizona State.
"I tell them, go to the university because of the university," Douglass said.
Note: Trotwood-Madison quarterback Mike Simpson verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky this week, Douglass said. Simpson, right tackle L.J. Mosley and fullback Darian Heath will officially visit Eastern Kentucky on Jan. 13.
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