Allen Bradford like some of you have probably mentioned is also a candidate but when I listened to Pete's interview today on Espn and dug up some information about him, I realized he's more interesting as a prospect than I ever realized.
Pete's interview todayhttp://mynorthwest.com/?nid=574&p=1013&n=Afternoons%20with%20the%20Go%202%20Guy
So basically this kid was one of the nations top prospects at LB, a hard hitter running a 4.5 forty with great instincts for defense but he was also a hammer of a RB and Pete wanted/needed a smashed mouth RB more than he needed another LB, Allen wanted to play defense but was a team player.
I checked out all three college football recruiting sites that i go to for information and they all have him as a 5 star recruit, Espn, Rivals and Scout.com. They all loved him more as a LB, Espn had him ranked as the 3rd OLB in the nation 26th best prospect overall, Rivals had him ranked 1st OLB in the country and 9th overall best prospect and Scout.com had him ranked the 4th best LB. 5'11" 242lb ----4.58 combine 40 yard dash and 6.97 cone drill
I will post what they said about him on Espn if it's cool its behind the paywall so let me know but this is what they said about him on free scout.com........
2006 Scout.com HS Football Rankings (full list):
Pos: LB Pos Rank: #4 Pos Rating:
Scout.com Player Evaluation:
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
One of the best linebacker prospects in Southern California in some time. Has excellent quickness and can hit with the best of them.
Final JR (9-1) stats: 129 tackles and eight sacks, four fumbles caused, six fumbles recovered and one interception; 1297 yds rushing and 15 TDs; 25 receptions for 275 yds and three TDs
As a junior, he was named all-CIF on both sides of the ball and was named to the all-state underclass team. As a sophomore, he also started on both sides of the ball and was named all-CIF and all-state underclass.
Partial senior stats: Bradford reports 1,030 rushing yards for 16 touchdowns and 15 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns. He also has 90 tackles and nine sacks. Colton (6-1) travels to Rialto on Oct. 28.
Bradford reports a 2.6 GPA/Oct SAT retake.
Bradford: "I play with passion and heart, and I'm a vocal leader. I'm always the guy talking in the tunnel before the game or in the weight room. I like to get everybody ready to play. I lead by example. I just want to relax a bit more and hit harder on the field as a senior. I want to do everything better than I did last year.
"A lot of schools have told me I'm their No. 1 linebacker. They like my hitting ability, my aggressiveness and my vision on the field. But I have good character off the field too."
Colton head coach Harold Strauss says of Bradford, "Allen is just one of those kids who is special. He's just a man out there on the football field and he's a great person off the field. He's been a four year starter for us on defense and I can't remember another four year starter in the 26 years that I've been associated with the school. I would describe Allen as a hitter. He hits you on both sides of the ball. He's explosive on defense but on offense he will just run right through you. On defense, he's fast enough to play safety but big enough to be an outside linebacker. He was timed at 4.57 last year in the 40 and we've clocked him here at 4.50 so he's got the speed. He also plays with a lot of intensity, he's got no problem speaking up at a key time or asking for the ball in a big situation.
Scout.com Combine Results (full list):
Location: Los Angeles
40-Yard Dash: 4.59
Short Shuttle: 4.28
Vertical Jump: 30.0"
Broad Jump: 9-0