Tennessee Racks Up New Prediction for Five-Star Defensive Lineman Following Visit to Knoxville

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    The Tennessee Volunteers and head coach Josh Heupel look to be hot on the recruiting trail following a massive recruiting weekend in Knoxville. As the weekend went on, Tennessee landed a key prediction for one of their top targets in the class, five-star defensive lineman/EDGE rusher Chandavian Bradley.

    On Saturday afternoon, as the recruiting weekend was going on, 247 Sports National Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong officially submitted a new projection for Bradley to land at Tennessee. With the prediction locked in, Tennessee has now become the favorite on 247’s site to land the extremely talented prospect. The Vols hold two predictions compared to one for USC. In addition, the one projection pointing to the Trojans in California was from early January.

    To give some perspective on the value of his projection, Wiltfong has hit 121-of-123 projections so far throughout the class of 2023.

    According to 247’s composite rankings, five-star Chandavian Bradley is listed as the No. 29 overall prospect in the class of 2023, the No. 4 EDGE rusher in the class, and the No. 1 player from the state of Missouri. Bradley, a native of Platte County, Missouri, currently plays for Platte County High School.

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    In addition to 247’s rankings, Tennessee also looks to be tracking along very well with Bradley in On3 Sports’ projections. According to On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine, the Vols lead the projections for Bradley’s recruitment at 71.5 percent. Behind the Vols are Texas A&M (18.1 percent), along with Kansas State and Iowa State with less than 2 percent each.

    “Long, athletic defender that has high upside but is still early in his development,” 247 Sports National Recruiting Expert Allen Trieu said about Bradley in 2021. “Has twitch, gets off the ball quickly and closes to his target in a hurry. He is fluid and able to bend and dip and make offensive linemen miss their punch on him. Needs additional strength and technique, but has a high ceiling based on his athletic gifts and has the frame to fill in.”

    Despite taking part in an unofficial visit at Tennessee this weekend, Bradley still has another big-time trip potentially planned. According to 247’s timeline, Bradley looks to be slated for his official visit at Texas A&M in mid-September. The Aggies are slated to host Miami (FL) that weekend in College Station.

    Standing at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, Bradley has been a terrific three-sport athlete in high school, showing off his wide range of athletism and commitment. In addition to football, Bradley also competes on the basketball court and in track.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.