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April 3, 2009

Gulf Coast ATH pledges to Southern Miss

Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora got some good news earlier in the week, the first commitment of the 2010 signing class is on board. Harrison Central (Gulfport, Miss.) ATH Furious Bradley pledged his services to the Golden Eagles. The talented 5-foot-9, 170-pounder has done a little bit of everything for the Red Rebels.

Harrison Central head coach Ronnie Cuevas confirmed that Bradley has pledged his services to the Eagles and talked about the talented three-way player.

"He got the offer on Tuesday, I believe it was," Cuevas said. "On Wednesday morning he came down here to the field house and told me he wanted to call Coach Fedora. We talked about it a little bit, then he called and committed."

This past year Harrison Central had one of it's most successful season's in recent memory and Bradley was a big factor in moving the Rebels in the right direction.

Bradley has started for Harrison Central, which has been the state's largest high school since he was in the 10th grade. Cuevas talked about the talented back.

"Well, he's one of those guys that isn't just a good athlete and a good player," Cuevas said. "He loves playing the game. He does anything you ask him to do, he wants to do it all."

This past season Bradley saw time as a running back, defensive back and a return specialist. Cuevas joked that Bradley would play offensive line if he told him to line up there.

"He's not selfish," Cuevas continued. "He wants to do whatever we need to make the team better."

The Rebels lose two good running backs to graduation this year and Cuevas is expecting Bradley to step up and carry the load.

"We're counting on him," Cuevas said. "We lost some good backs."

That's not all Cuevas is losing. This summer Harrison Central will split into two schools, Harrison Central and West Harrison. Harrison Central is so large that when all is said and done they will still be in the state's largest classification 6A while the newly formed West Harrison will be a 5A program.

"I think in the long run it's going to help us," Cuevas said about the split. "Right now we don't have our 9th graders on campus, you have a 9th grade school that has 880 kids, when you have that many kids at one school not all of them get a chance to play football."

Harrison Central will begin Spring Practice on April 27th and it will run three weeks, they plan to take part in a Jamboree hosted by Stone County High School.


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