Coach Reggie Davis had been searching for a stud running back in the 2017 class for almost a year before sealing a verbal commitment from Bellevue West’s Jaylin Bradley. The Nebraska native is a dynamic talent who officially qualified academically for the Huskers, prompting an offer and a quick commitment.
Bradley is an exciting prospect for Nebraska. During his senior season alone, he rushed for 2,915 yards and 50 touchdowns while leading Bellevue West to a Class A state championship. Bradley credited his offensive line and receivers blocking for helping him achieve his success.
“I’d give credit to the O-line and wide receivers,” Bradley said. “They never stopped blocking until the whistle blew and allowed me to get loose and score.”
While Bradley’s senior season was impressive as a whole, it was his dazzling performance against Omaha North in the Class A state championship game that opened the eyes of Husker Nation. Bradley rushed for 249 yards and five touchdowns as the Thunderbirds overcame the favored Vikings 43-6. Bradley stated that the victory was a rewarding end to his high school career.
“It was really satisfying,” Bradley said. “It made me realize that all the hard work and extra reps paid off in the end.”
Following the state title game, it became clear that Bradley was physically capable of being a Power 5 running back. What wasn’t clear was whether or not Bradley would be academically eligible to play next fall. His high school coach, Matt Huffman, noted that Bradley had work to do in that area and Bradley stepped up to the challenge. As the running back prospect reported earlier this week, he is now fully qualified academically for next fall.
While Nebraska waited to offer Bradley, the Huskers hosted the standout running back multiple times on unofficial visits this past fall. Bradley came away impressed.
“What stood out to me was the overall atmosphere,” Bradley said. “It is electric on game day.”
Bradley had yet to take an official visit to Nebraska when he committed, but the offer alone was enough for the running back. For Nebraska, it puts Davis and the running backs in a great spot for the 2017 recruiting class.
Bradley is listed as a 2-star recruit with a 75.8 rating on Hail Varsity’s composite. To learn more about Nebraska’s latest verbal commit, visit his recruit profile.