Maryland '21 MD DT - Marcus Bradley (Maryland Verbal)

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    DEFENSIVE TACKLE
    6'3''|265 LBS
    CLASS OF 2021

    Ohio State has offered.

    Great frame with length. Carries 270 pounds easily. Combination of strength and athleticism is high. Can play defensive end in a 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3. Explosive with body control and ability to change direction. Covers a lot of ground in first two steps. Strong at point of attack. Uses upper body strength to disengage and can redirect along line of scrimmage. Works hard to get off blocks and can pursue backside. Does not waste movement. Has to work on technique. Relies heavily on speed and burst at snap. Continued strength development is needed. Sometimes inconsistent in staying low when firing off at snap.
     
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    BRADLEY EMERGES AT TOP OF BOARD
    For several months during the fall, Belleville High School four-star defensive tackle Damon Payne – the state of Michigan’s top-ranked prospect in the 2021 class – was believed to be at the top of Ohio State’s recruiting board at the position, right behind five-star standout J.T. Tuimoloau of Eastside Catholic (Wash.) High School.

    Over the past few weeks, though, Michael Hall Jr. became the DT that the staff loved the most behind Tuimoloau, and with Hall’s commitment last weekend, the Buckeyes have at least one more defensive tackle who has emerged right behind Tuimoloau and right alongside Payne – and perhaps even surpassing Payne – as a DT they are very high on.

    That player is Marcus Bradley, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound four-star DT out of Quince Orchard High School, who is ranked as the 11th-best player from Maryland and 16th-best DT nationally in the 2021 class.

    Bradley has long been high on the Buckeyes as a serious option for his future. The coaching staff has reciprocated those feelings, and the relationships between Bradley and the coaches have grown enough for Bradley to include Ohio State in his top 10 list of schools that he released on Friday night:

    Bradley, who told Eleven Warriors in November that Ohio State and Virginia were his top two schools, updated his recruitment with us on Sunday.

    He said he talks with the Ohio State coaches weekly, and “they speak to my family as well, weekly. Coach (Larry) Johnson and (Ryan) Day think I’m a good fit to the program and think Coach J can turn me into an elite player.”

    Bradley has been building a relationship with Johnson since his freshman year at DeMatha Catholic. When he transferred to Quince Orchard for his sophomore season, that’s when Johnson began to evaluate Bradley as a prospect, and their relationship grew stronger.

    Johnson’s relationships with Bradley’s family members are growing, too, and his passion, straight-forwardness of his approach and genuine desire to get Bradley in the program are all making an impact.

    “The Buckeyes’ program year-in, year-out is just a top-notch program that can produce top guys in the draft every year,” Bradley said. “Coach Johnson, we have a good relationship. He’s one of the best D-line coaches in the world on any level, and coaching and development is the biggest thing for me, so that’s why I like Ohio State so much.”

    Bradley visited with his parents for the Buckeyes’ win over Maryland on Nov. 9, a visit that helped get the wheels spinning on Ohio State becoming a more firm option for him. And when Bradley returned with his brothers for a visit just two weeks later for the win over Penn State on Nov. 23, that potential grew stronger. That’s when Bradley saw up close how tight the Buckeye players were while being in a big-game atmosphere.

    Bradley is planning to make another visit to Ohio State, probably in the spring, and he says an official visit could very well be in the cards.

    “Still just enjoying the process, but I’ll be visiting LSU, South Carolina and possibly Oregon when the dead period ends,” Bradley said. “Next time I get down to OSU will probably be an official visit. I’m not sure yet.”

    Bradley says he is looking to make a college commitment this summer.
     
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