Jaylin Bradley committed to the Huskers Jan. 5, one hour after receiving a scholarship offer in a phone conversation with Husker coach Mike Riley. Bradley ran for 2,917 yards this season — including a state-record 496 yards in one game — but didn’t have any offers from FBS schools because of concerns over academic qualification.
In a Twitter post announcing his commitment, Bradley thanked God and thanked everyone for their "love and support."
Bradley anticipated he would have received an offer from Central Florida, and he was attracting interest from Wyoming and Iowa. But Nebraska is where Bradley knew he wanted to be.
Why? Bradley said he “vibes” with Husker running backs coach Reggie Davis, who stayed in touch with the running back throughout Bellevue West’s perfect season. He liked Riley. His style — a one-and-cut-and-go mindset that mixes toughness and the occasional flash when needed — fits Nebraska’s offense.
Most of all, Bradley loved the Husker home games.
“The atmosphere there is just electric,” Bradley said.
So was the 6-foot, 195-pound running back during the season. His 2,917 rushing yards and 50 total touchdowns comprised one of the best years of any Nebraska prep player ever. Now, he’s going to be a Husker. He may be the only running back NU takes in the class.
Bellevue West coach Michael Huffman said Bradley impressed him with his change of direction and how he fought for every yard. The coach compared him to former Omaha Central star David Horne. “He runs like a 210-pound back, but with the agility of a smaller guy,” Huffman said.
“I think he’s the best high school football player in Nebraska,” Huffman said.
As a senior, Bradley scored 24 touchdowns — a Class A record — in the four playoff games that took the Thunderbirds to their first state title. His 52 touchdowns in 13 games are another state record.
He ran for a school-record 5,308 yards in his career.
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