Today was the first of four days worth of practices for the guys in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which is played on January 3rd. While no Buckeye commitments are playing in the game, there are a handful of prospects on both teams. Bam Bradley and Alex Kozan will be playing for the West Squad, while Demetrious Cox, Jordan Diamond and Camren Williams are playing for the East.
At the West practice, I got a chance to take in a very hard hitting first day of practice featuring Bradley and Kozan. While Bradley could easily pass as an outside linebacker right now, he still showed the quickness to play safety. The West coaches had the offense in a lot of spread formations, and Bradley was in one-on-one coverage most of the afternoon instead of playing deep safety. Bradley held his own too, shutting down practically everyone he guarded, including Greg Garmon. He also stood out as one of the most competitive guys on the field.
"I'm trying to get the M.V.P. trophy," Bradley said. "If they're handing one out, I'm trying to get it."
As for his college choice, there have been many reports saying that Bradley will be announcing at the game what his final destination will be. While that still could happen, he made it clear that he will not announce if he is not ready.
"They (Semper Fi Bowl) asked me and I told them if I am ready then I will, but I also told them if I didn't feel ready, I wouldn't rush into it. I'm playing it day by day. I'm still praying on it and still asking my mom, and I'll know Tuesday if I'm ready to announce."
"The deciding factor is my faith," he said. "I'm going to be listening to what my mom has to say because she is real spiritual, and listening to what my prayers are telling me to do."
Bradley would fit ideally in the Star position or possibly as an outside linebacker down the road. He seems genuinely torn, and I would not be surprised if he ends up prolonging his decision. Unlike some of the uncommitted prospects out there, it really is a mystery who Bradley picks in the end as it doesn't even appear he has a favorite.
During practice, he lined up exclusively at both guard positions and showed some weaknesses in his footwork. He also received coaching on his technique a lot during the lineman drills. Kozan is a hard worker and a leader though, and seem to be the most vocal lineman of the lot during practice. Still, he just doesn't seem athletic or fluid enough to play for Meyer, which is possibly the reason he hasn't been in contact with the new staff.
Hopefully I can grab Kozan for a moment over the coming days during practices and find out where things stand and how his recent visits have gone.