ESPN JC 100 DT Bradley picks Auburn


Nobody is happier to be done with his decision more than junior college defensive tackle Ben Bradley (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC).

Bradley ended a month worth of drama by announcing his commitment to Auburn via Twitter on Monday afternoon.

Bradley, who is 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, picked the Tigers over Kentucky, Nebraska and Missouri. He is ranked No. 44 in the ESPN JC 100.

“I learned a lot over this last month about not worrying about pleasing others but about where the right place is for me to be a champion,” Bradley said. “I know now Auburn is the right place for me.”

Two weeks ago it didn’t even look like Auburn was in the picture, but Auburn coach Gus Malzahn did a great job of recruiting Hutchinson recruits during his time at Arkansas State, and it has carried over.

Initially it looked like a two-team race between Nebraska and Missouri with the Cornhuskers appearing as the favorite. And Bradley said on two occasions when he was going to announce. But instead of making a hasty decision, he waited.

And that’s when Kentucky and Auburn came into the picture. Bradley made official visits to both schools this weekend and knew he was ready to announce.

“Ben is a terrific talent that has had to deal with a lot this season,” Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said. “He had to be patient and find what is best for him.”

Bradley was originally a Tennessee commit, but following coaching changes, he decommitted from the Volunteers two weeks ago.

It also doesn’t hurt that Hutchinson offensive guard Devonte Danzey is also going to be joining him with the Tigers. Danzey pledged to the Tigers on Christmas Day.

Bradley is the second defensive tackle commit for Auburn’s class, joining ESPN 150 prospect Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals). Auburn has 15 commits for its 2013 class.