Name: Jakob Bradford
Position: Offensive Line
Weight: 295 lbs.
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minn.
High School: Park Center Senior High (via Iowa Central CC)
2020 stats: Didn’t play in 2020 due to COVID cancellations, but was a key contributor on the line at Iowa Community College in 2019.
2021 projections: Admittedly, he might be able to jump into the rotation sooner than we thought if the Dakota Davis injury is worse than we think. Either way, he’s a valuable add who’s taken more post-high school snaps than many of the other option on the Syracuse Orange roster.
How’d he get here?: Chose the Orange on National Signing Day over offers from Virginia Tech, Bowling Green, UMass, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and a variety of others.
What’d recruiting sites say?: He had three stars as a JUCO recruit, which we’ll certainly take.
Money Quote: Hopefully Dino Babers delivered on the O-line coaching vision he spelled out to Bradford here, according to a conversation with Mike McAllister.
“It impacts it slightly. But I already had a talk with coach Babers and he told me what he is looking for in an offensive line coach. I trust coach Babers in bringing in a great o-line coach into Syracuse.”
Twitter feed: Jakob’s a smart man, because he used to have a Twitter feed and now doesn’t (by choice).
Tweet O’Wonder: Dino, closing.
VIP: Syracuse OL signee Jakob Bradford (@jakobbradford69) considered three options ahead of National Signing Day: Syracuse, Virginia Tech, or wait it out.— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) February 5, 2021
Ultimately, Dino Babers' steady communication and family-first pitch won out. "I just trusted him."https://t.co/cJwl1SEolW pic.twitter.com/xiHw9oEsiB
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: You might remember Jesse Bradford from a ton of similar movies from like 1990 through the mid 2000s. One of those is teen comedy classic Bring It On, where Bradford plays Cliff, the supportive boyfriend of Kirsten Dunst’s Torrance.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Bradford’s the first player to go from Iowa Central to Syracuse since at least 2003, and probably earlier, at least according to roster searches on Cuse.com
Let’s get a look at ya: You wanted signing day videos and we’re always happy to add them.