Damascus (Md) linebacker Zach Bradshaw commits to Penn State…
Versatile Bradshaw Talks Upcoming Trips
Zach Bradshaw of Damascus (Md.) High wanted to wait until after the spring evaluation period to trim his list because he wanted to give schools the opportunity to evaluate him. It made plenty of sense, and on the final day of the spring period, Penn State moved forward with an offer for the 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete. The Nittany Lions offered Bradshaw as an outside linebacker, and the move didn't come too late. Bradshaw isn't planning many summer visits, but one will be to State College, Pa., to check out the program. "I don't really know that much (about Penn State)" Bradshaw said. "I know they have almost an entirely new coaching staff, but that's about it. When I was a freshman, I went to an overnight camp. I remember a little bit (about the campus), but it's really a long time ago and I don't remember that much." Bradshaw didn't have Penn State on his radar because until a few weeks ago, the Nittany Lions weren't recruiting him. "It's been really recent, like the past couple of weeks," he said. "It's been the last two or three weeks. They didn't say (why). I don't know if they didn't have something else work out. They didn't say." Beside the trip to Penn State, Bradshaw is planning visits to a few other schools. "I'm going to go to South Carolina, but I'm not going to do too much," he said. "I'm going to go to Penn State, Virginia (on Saturday), and I might go back to Northwestern. Other things can change but that is it. "I'll probably go (to Penn State) sometime this month." Bradshaw's recruitment is unique in that Northwestern wants him as an h-back, Virginia likes him as an outside linebacker and South Carolina wants him to play receiver. Although Bradshaw is looking at those four visits, he said he has not ruled out any school among an offer list that sits near 20 schools and also includes Boston College, Michigan, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He is coming off a junior season in which he caught 28 passes for 395 yards and six touchdowns, and ran 31 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and played outside linebacker. His focus for the weekend is the trip to Virginia. "I've been there twice; for a camp last summer and for junior day," Bradshaw said. "I'm going to go stay with the players and see how that is." Although a visit date for South Carolina is yet to be made, Bradshaw knows he will be going at some point. "I'm going to do the same thing I'm going to do with Virginia," he said. "I'm going to go stay with the players for a night just so I can get a feel for them. I don't know when it will be." Bradshaw's most recent trip was to Northwestern, where he gained a better understanding of the people who make up the program. "I stayed with the players," he said. "I'm not sure if I'm going to go back to it, but if I was going to go back to other places, that would be one of them. I liked it a lot. I liked the coaches. I liked the players, especially. I liked hanging out with them. I thought I got along good with all of them." Bradshaw added he was looking for the best all-around fit in a program. "It doesn't have to be Harvard, but I want the academics to be good," he said. "I want to feel comfortable with the players. That's why I've been doing a lot with staying overnight with them. I want to get along well with them, and the position coach. That's important." As for a decision, Bradshaw said, "The earliest would be after the summer, and the latest would be after the season."
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