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2023 OLB Chandavian Bradley Enjoys Spring Game, Likes What He Sees From Defense

May 12, 2021

For the first time in a year, the Huskers were able to have visitors on campus for the Red-White Spring Game. Well, in a way. Since fans were allowed to attend the game, recruits were able to buy tickets and take in the action at Memorial Stadium too.

One of those recruits was 2023 defensive end/outside linebacker Chandavian Bradley.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Nebraska and check it out,” Bradley said. “I know the law program they have and it is an amazing law program out there, so just going there and then getting the offer from them was just kind of an amazing thing for me. I knew for sure I wanted to check out what they have and everything.”

Bradley made the trip to Lincoln with his mom, dad and girlfriend. His parents really enjoyed the trip to check out Nebraska’s campus. They especially liked that it wasn’t too far away from where they live in Missouri.

The hybrid defender liked what he saw during the game from Nebraska’s defense.

“I like their defense,” Bradley said. “They have a high-powered system, the 3-4 defense that they have out there. I like how with their ends they don’t always just rush them. They sometimes drop them back in coverage.

“I liked being able to know that could be me someday at one point. The energy level that the crowd has and everything else going on out in the crowd is kind of a thing that I like to see too.”

The Huskers are recruiting Bradley (6-5, 210) as a hybrid linebacker in defensive coordinator Erik Chinander’s defense. He’s up to double-digit offers as more schools find out about him. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are among his recent offers. Schools are recruiting him for different defensive roles depending on their defense. Some of the like Nebraska are talking about slotting him in as a hybrid. They think he can learn to play more in coverage.

Some schools that run a traditional 4-3 see him coming in as rush end. He can continue working on his pass rush skills and also be a run stopper. It makes him feel good that schools see him as a versatile player who can play a lot of different roles.

Running backs coach Ryan Held is the Husker coach that Bradley has heard from the most. He likes that Held is a genuine person and enjoys talking to him. Now that things are opening up for camps next month Bradley is going to hit the road. He plans to go to camps at Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Ohio State. Bradley is still open when it comes to top schools but he has a clear idea of what he’s looking for.

“I just want to make sure that it’s a good environment for my mental health and my physical health,” Bradley said.

“Somewhere that I can call home. Somewhere, that’ll be special to me.”

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