October 31, 2011

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One of the most high profile prospects at Saturday night's Ohio State/Wisconsin thriller was Trotwood (Ohio) Madison safety Bam Bradley. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect is one of the top remaining undecided recruits that the Buckeyes are pursuing as he made the hour long drive east from Dayton on an unofficial visit. BuckeyeGrove.com caught up with Bam's Mother, Ms. Ernestine Grigsby to get some insight into Bradley's recruitment.

"His (assistant) coach took him up, coach Graham," said Grigsby. "He said he had a lot of fun with all of the other (Trotwood) players that went up and he said it was a really good game. He got home so late last night that I didn't get to talk to him as much as I would like and we had church in the morning so we didn't talk a lot about it yet. I just asked him if he enjoyed it and he said that he did."

Ohio State is one of a handful of programs that Bradley has visited so far and the hard-hitting safety is looking to make some more visits at some point down the road.

"If you know Bam, if you ask him 'who's top this or who's top that', he just gives you that crazy look," she joked. "He doesn't really say much about it. I know he's still looking to visit Stanford on November 12th. He's already been to Pitt and he's already been to Penn State. We don't know who else he is going to do an official visit with, because he doesn't really like to talk about this stuff."

Some have questioned Bradley's interest level in Ohio State but Ms. Grigsby said that the interest is legitimate based on his appearance at the game on Saturday night.

"I'm just going to put it to you like this, if he didn't want to go (to the Ohio State game) he wouldn't have went," she said. "I don't care who would have told him to go, if he really didn't want to go to, he wouldn't have went and that is saying a lot. You couldn't have twisted his arm, especially with the game being that late. He was supposed to work (Saturday) and he called off. He didn't go to work so that he could go to the game."

The trip to Columbus may have been Bradley's last before making a decision but there is some talk of a potential official visit at some point in the future.

"It's a possibility," she said. "One of the (Ohio State) coaches had mentioned it to coach Doug (Trotwood head coach Mo Douglass) about a day in December so I don't know if he will do that or not. He's been there a million times."

Whether Bradley makes an official visit to Ohio State is still up in the air and either way doesn't seem to be a positive or negative reflection on the Buckeye's chances of landing the three-star prospect. Grigsby offered an interesting perspective about the recruiting process, outlining the difference between official and unofficial visits from the standpoint of the recruit and their family.

"On these official visits, they wine and dine you so to speak but I always say that the unofficial visit tells you the true story," she said.

In addition to Ohio State, a host of schools are still recruiting Bradley at a high level, most notably Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Stanford. Penn State is a school that has caught the attention of Bradley and his family.

"We like Penn State," she said. "Joe Paterno is an amazing man. The conversations we had with him, he's truly amazing. You would think with all the stuff that he has to do that he wouldn't pay attention but he pays attention to everything."

Bradley's brother Nicholas Grigsby is a freshman linebacker at Pittsburgh and the Panthers are thought to be a major factor in his recruitment. With that being said, Grigsby doesn't feel like any specific school has the upper hand at this time.

"Nope," Grigsby replied, when asked if she felt that Bradley was leaning to any one school. "If he is, he's just not telling anyone."

Bradley is the No. 14 ranked player in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2012 Ohio rankings.


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