FOOTBALL RECRUITING SPOTLIGHT: DE TONY BRADFORD

Red Raiders land another North Shore product in late June.

A week after Keeyon Stewart commited to Texas Tech, North Shore teammate Tony Bradford joins him. Bradford became the 12th commit in the Red Raiders 2019 recruiting class.  Bradford is a three-star prospect, and the 81st ranked weakside defensive end in the nation according to 247Sports. Bradford chose Texas Tech over Arizona, Purdue, and Colorado State.

Bradford visited Lubbock in early June and made his decision a few weeks later. Bradford praised the Red Raiders coaching staff for making him feel at home on his visit.

Future Red Raiders Bradford and Stewart anchored a defense last season that reached the Class 6A regional championship. Bradford’s efforts earned him all-district honors.

At 6-0, 240, Bradford is the ideal size for an edge rusher in Coach Gibbs’s defensive system. Current edge rushers on the Red Raiders roster have an average weight of 245-pounds. In a conference with up-tempo passing attacks, speed and quickness are two musts for an edge rusher. Bradford checks the box in both of those categories.

Bradford also does an excellent job of switching from speed to power while rushing the quarterback. He isn’t the tallest edge rusher, but his low center of gravity makes him virtually unmovable.

Bradford will be competing against incoming freshman Gilbert Ibeneme for playing time next fall.

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