Penn State has made a little bit of headway in recent years in our area recruiting Lackawanna College’s much-respected football program, and it looks like it is all in on one of the Falcons’ top 2018 prospects.
T.J. Bradley, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle who has made big strides in the last year since joining the program, was offered a scholarship by Penn State today after making a visit to the University Park campus for the Blue-White Game this past weekend.
— T.J. (@TJ_BRADLEYYYY) April 25, 2017
Bradley has offers now from the Nittany Lions, Maryland, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Minnesota and Syracuse, so it’s a pretty good list in the early going.
Penn State is pushing hard for offensive tackles in the 2018 class, and the offer goes out to Bradley after Penn State got verbal commitments from a pair of highly rated tackles, Nana Asiedu and Antwan Reed, on Saturday.
Bradley doesn’t have a star rating yet — he’s still pretty new to the recruiting scene — but he’s an intriguing prospect, partly because of his size and quick feet (he also was a pretty decent high school basketball prospect). There’s also the Lackawanna pedigree that goes along with him, and coach Mark Duda and his staff have done a good job finding raw offensive linemen (i.e., Paris Palmer) and turning them into pretty good players, pretty quickly.
Bradley is a good example of that. Here’s a look at him in Lackawanna’s 2016 Spring Practices as a defensive end:
And, here he is almost a year later working on the offensive line:
As you can see, the technique has come a long way, and when you consider that he just hasn’t played much football compared to other prospects, the imagination can run wild on what he might wind up becoming down the road.
Good offer for PSU, but it has a fight on its hands with Maryland and West Virginia, which have been in the mix a little bit longer. The Mountaineers also have a really, really tight working relationship with Lackawanna, so that might be the program to beat. But, it’s early. Lot of decisions to make for Bradley, and a lot of offers likely to still roll in.