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Bradds Going Down His Own Path
With a grandfather (Gary Bradds) who played collegiately at Ohio State earning National Player of the Year honors in basketball. Along with a father (David) who played at the University of Dayton and a brother (Evan) currently playing at Belmont, many would assume Jamestown (Ohio) Greeneview multi sport standout Ethan Bradds would follow the same path. Instead, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end found his heart in the game of football and has spent the summer trying to get an early jump on the recruiting process. "I camped at Toledo, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio State this summer," said Bradds. "I talked with Coach (Bryan) Gasser at Toledo and he said they really can't talk with me yet, but he'll be keeping an eye on me. "I really liked their camp as it was fun and allowed me to compete. I didn't get a chance to really look around campus, but their football facilities are really nice. "The Cincinnati camp had a lot of kids and it was hard to talk with any of the coaches. But overall I thought I did pretty well and it was a good camp." While Bradds still has plenty of time to get his name out there, he knew he needed to get his name out as much as possible coming from a small school that hasn't seen a Division One football prospect in many years. "I camped at Tennessee for two days," he said. "I thought their campus was really nice and I liked how they ran their camp as you got a lot of one-on-one time with your position coach. I talked with Coach (Mark) Elder and he asked if I would be coming back next year as he'd like to see how I grow. So I think I'll go back there. "This past weekend, I camped at Indiana and Ohio State. I felt I did pretty well at Indiana. It was not your normal camp as they put their own twist on things. But I had a great time and got a chance to work with and talk to Coach (James) Patton who is the tight ends coach. I also talked with Coach (William) Inge and he said that Coach Patten really liked what I was doing. "The Ohio State camp I thought I did really well and feel it was one of my better camps. There were a lot of kids there so I didn't get a chance to really talk with the coaches." While Bradds didn't look to earn any offers out of any of the summer camps, he's hoping they help him become a better player and put him in position to earn early scholarship interest a year from now. "I feel I learned a lot this summer," he said. "I will need to continue working on my footwork, my blocking and to get stronger and faster." Having seen Bradds in two different camps, Scout.com feels college programs will be taking notice in the months and years ahead as Bradds has a good frame and showed solid hands both times we caught him in action.
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