Four-Star DT Has Vols Among Favorites

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    Maryland defensive tackle Marcus Bradley holds three dozen scholarship offers from college football programs around the country. But moving forward, he’s primarily going to be focusing on just six of those 36 schools.

    On Sunday night, Bradley tweeted out his top six schools in his recruitment, and the Vols were included along with LSU, Ohio State, USC, Texas A&M, and Maryland.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman is the No. 184 overall prospect and No. 11 defensive tackle in the 2021 class. Bradley plays for Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

    Tennessee gave Bradley an offer back on January 24th of this year, making them one of the newest teams involved in his recruitment that’s in his top six. USC offered Bradley on February 19th, and LSU offered Bradley the same day as the Vols. At the time, Bradley called the offer from the Tigers his “dream offer,” though two 247Sports analysts logged crystal ball predictions for Maryland for Bradley in late March.

    Back on February 7th, Bradley released his top 10 schools in his recruitment, and Tennessee wasn’t included. But almost two months later, the Vols have vaulted past several schools in the race for Bradley’s commitment, and now they’re one of his top six teams.

    On the field, Bradley’s tenacity is unmatched. He works hard and has an unending motor. Bradley moves very well and is quick, powerful, and aggressive. He’s capable of playing both defensive tackle and defensive end, and he’s exceptional at stopping the run. Bradley is very vicious at the point of attack, and he can overwhelm an offensive lineman with his initial burst.

    As a junior for Quince Orchard, Bradley totaled 41 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack, seven quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery, a pass defended, and a blocked kick in 12 recorded games on MaxPreps.

    The Vols currently only have one defensive tackle committed to them in their 2021 class, and that’s from three-star North Carolina defensive tackle Isaac Washington. Defensive end Darrell Jackson is also committed to Tennessee, but he could wind up playing outside linebacker for UT rather than defensive end.