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Four-star quarterback, Jayden Bradford, talks top four schools and recruitment timeline

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In mid-November, four-star quarterback, Jayden Bradford, released his top four schools in Penn State, South Carolina, NC State and Louisville.

Since then, however, Bradford has suffered some injuries that has kept his mind away from his recruitment. Along with trying to become a better quarterback during the offseason, Bradford has been taking his recruitment at his own pace.

“I haven’t been super enveloped in it, I would say I’ve really been taking the time out trying to get healthy and doing what I can to get better and develop,” Bradford said. “But recently Penn State, South Carolina, NC State and Louisville, they’ve all done a great job of just keeping their contact with me and maintaining their presence.”

Bradford is a 6-foot, 185-pound quarterback from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, although he is originally from Chapin, South Carolina. According to 247sports, Bradford is ranked as the No. 18 quarterback, the No. 46 recruit in Florida, and the No. 323 overall recruit in the country.

With the four-star quarterback announcing his Top 4 schools, here is what he had to say about each of the four schools:

PENN STATE: “Penn State, they offered me my freshman year, early on in my recruitment process. So it’s been a great couple years, 2 years, getting to know them, the staff up there, what Penn State is really all about and how they operate,” Bradford said. “With Pen State being one of the best programs in the nation, constantly finishing top 20 every year, it’s been really great to experience that, and get to know what goes into maintaining and holding a big university like that up high.”

SOUTH CAROLINA: “South Carolina, they’ve been on fire in the recruiting game lately, just landing a bunch of commits,” Bradford said. “Obviously I know that they have Dante Reno committed, but I feel with my talent and my ability, I’m able to go in, and I’m one that loves to compete. So any opportunity that they give me, I’ll go in, give my best foot forward, and just ball out.”

NC STATE: “NC State, they were my first offer, so they hold just a special place in my heart, just sentimental reasons,” Bradford said. “And then with Coach Beck, he went down to Coastal Carolina, he’s the OC there, and he’s been recruiting me from Coastal as well, and I love Coach Beck. But they’ve done a great job even with the exclusion of Coach Beck with Coach Roper and Coach Jordan, still maintaining their relationship with me, and just keep building. And I need to get down there sometime this summer and see everybody again.”

LOUISVILLE: “Louisville has been great. Obviously with the staff change, that staff went to Cincinnati, they came down here during the spring just to see some of the guys that we have here and me,” Bradford said. “And it was great to get to meet the new coaches, and who they got there. And I’m definitely going to get out there sometime this summer just to see and meet everybody, and just be back on campus again.”

However, just because he released four finalists has not stopped other schools from recruiting him. And rightfully so, Bradford has been entertaining these potential options as well.

“Recently it’s been Cincinnati, Syracuse, UAB and Illinois that have taken a good interest into me and have shown the faith and vision that they have for me at their program and how they see me projecting at their schools.”

Bradford does not seem to be in a rush to make any move or decision in his recruitment any time soon. His priority is being the best player he can be for his senior season at IMG Academy. And for how IMG Academy has been in recent years, it’s important for him to do so to keep the Ascenders at the top of the high school football rankings.

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