Last night the Hokies received a commitment from one of their most recent offers, Chesapeake's Oscar Smith High School wide receiver Jaylen Bradshaw. Bradshaw, fresh off of an extraordinary camp in Blacksburg this past weekend, left the camp with a committable offer and did so last night:
This was a surprise for many, as Bradshaw was not a heralded name in the recruiting world, rated just a 2-star by 247Sports, and unrated by Rivals, ESPN, Scout. He also is the third-string receiver on his team behind an ODU and a UVA commitment. However, if I had a nickel for every camp commitment (which we will classify Jaylen as despite his waiting several days as he was a camp offer) that turned out paying big dividends for the Hokies, I'd be as rich as the Florida woman that just won the lottery (or, well, close). He also racked up pretty impressive statistics a year ago considering the circumstances, pulling in 35 balls for 715 yards and 8 touchdowns.
So what made the Hokies' interest in Bradshaw pique? Well, try these on for size:
Oscar Smith receiver Jaylen Bradshaw commits to Virginia Tech. He received offer after great day at camp (4.4 in 40 and 39-inch vertical)— 757Teamz (@757teamz) June 5, 2013
The freakish physical skills tell a different story than Bradshaw's meager recruiting site stature. However, they conflict with ESPN's registered 40 time on him, a 4.81. That could be the case of an outlier, a bad camp or appearance somewhere, but so too could the 4.4 he registered at Tech. Most likely Bradshaw's true speed lies somewhere in between. I couldn't see the Tech coaches falling in love with a skill position kid that ran a 4.8 at Jaylen's size. Nevertheless, Jaylen has stated that he always wanted to go to Tech, and this Andy Bitter tweet reinforces that:
How much did WR Jaylen Bradshaw want to go to VT? Told his mom this last weekend: "I refuse to leave this camp without an offer." #Hokies— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) June 6, 2013
That could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what kind of person Jaylen is. He sounds like a great kid, but I also know of a few players whose goal was to ball out at Tech camp just to get an offer and then coast for four years. But listening to Jaylen talk, I don't get that feeling about him. If it means anything that Virginia Tech was his first major offer, keep in mind that his recruiting has picked up steam and that he has received as many as six offers in the last week alone. Predictably, after a Tech offer/commitment, other teams who get their first extended look at Bradshaw will begin to gain interest and his recruitment will continue to intensify.
The last tidbit regarding Jaylen is that there is the possibility that he is a make-good offer for Oscar Smith's other Hokie prospect, Andrew Brown:
Brown, the stellar defensive tackle, has the Hokies in his recently released top-5, and per Bradshaw, he is close with Brown and he will stay in his ear about the Hokies, but will ultimately allow him to make his own decision.
Unfortunately, Bradshaw's highlight tape is not available to view on Youtube or any of the recruiting services, as it is on Hudl. So I will try to break it down either later today or in the next few days to give you an extended look into what kind of player the Hokies are getting with Bradshaw.
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