Re: SEC Football Discussion Thread
Auburn reeled in a 4 star JUCO defensive tackle as Ben Bradley commits this afternoon and will enroll in classes this week so that he can participate in spring practices and workouts.
Bradley had offers from Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas A&M, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma and West Virginia. It apparently came down to KY and AU which wasn't a very fair fight because members of the AU coaching staff, though newly hired, had already built substantial relationships with Bradley (and several of his JUCO teammates) through previous recruiting efforts.
KY fans have to be dissapointed because Bradley is a guy who can step in immediately and be a force but they out recruited some top programs to come in second. That probably speaks well of how the Stoops crew might recruit going forward.
This comes on the heels of Auburn winning the recruiting battle for Lavon Hooks a 5 star JUCO DT who ultimately committed to his second choice when he failed to clear Auburn's admissions due to an English course. Alot of people were wondering if Bradley would face similar problems. Auburn had been tough to out recruit during Chizik's tenure. I think their new staff is actually a significant upgrade from a recruiting standpoint. Malzahn has been a perfect hire and it's tough to see a coach who would've been a better fit-he gets the Auburn culture and he gets that there is no learning curve or honeymoon.
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Last edited by jojo; 01-07-2013 at 05:52 PM.