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December 19, 2012

Bradley set to sign Wednesday



Signing day for junior college early enrollees begins on Wednesday, and Missouri remains in the hunt of one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the nation.

Hutchinson C.C. (Kan.) four-star Ben Bradley visited Missouri last weekend after being committed to Tennessee for months. With his recruitment seemingly opening up, Bradley has said he intends to sign on Wednesday and enroll at his new college in January.

Originally out of Norcross, Ga., Bradley signed with West Virginia in the 2011 class before heading to junior college. At the time, he was a 5.5-three star recruit, and chose the Mountaineers over offers from North Carolina State and UCF.

The time since has seen Bradley jump to a national recruit is rated a 5.8-four star according to Rivals.com. He verbally pledged to the Volunteers in June, but decided to re-open his recruitment in November. He visited Nebraska on an unofficial visit to see the Cornhuskers host Nebraska.

In addition to his official visit to Tennessee earlier in the season, Bradley took his final visit to Missouri on Dec. 14, along with teammate, Toby Johnson.

On the visit, Missouri's coaches and players made a prediction to Bradley.

"They told me I should come in and play right away, Bradley said.

After the visit, Bradley told PowerMizzou.com that he still plans to sign on Wednesday, but remained quiet about his final schools. Bradley originally had a visit planned to Miami for the week prior, but that did not materialize.

At this time, it appears that the most likely destinations for Bradley would be Missouri or Tennessee. Both Bradley and Johnson have expressed a desire to play together in college, but Bradley said Johnson's on-going recruitment wouldn't have any effect on his plans to sign on Wednesday.

Because Hutchinson is on break for the semester, there is no on-campus ceremony for Bradley's decision. Rion Rhoades, the head coach for the Blue Dragons, told PowerMizzou.com that Bradley is back in Norcross for break, and isn't aware of his player's final decision.

Bradley finished a stand-out junior college career with 82 total tackles, 14 for loss and six sacks in two seasons. Bradley will enroll at his future college with two years of eligibility remaining, in addition to a redshirt year should that be needed.

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