Jaylen Bradshaw had long admired Virginia Tech, but despite having a rapport with the coaches over the years, the Oscar Smith wide receiver still hadn’t shown quite enough to get an offer.
So when he attended the Hokies’ one-day prospect camp in Blacksburg last Sunday, he do so on a mission.
“I was telling my mom, I refuse to leave this camp without an offer,” he said. “So I mean, I went there with a purpose and did what I had to do and it paid off.”
Bradshaw became the Hokies’ 10th commitment for 2014 on Wednesday, saying he’ll sign with Virginia Tech next February. 247 Sports rates the Chesapeake product as a two-star prospect and Rivals does not have a ranking for him at all, but Oscar Smith head coach Rich Morgan thinks he’s “the most dynamic, most explosive wide receiver in the area.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound Bradshaw caught 35 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns last year but did so playing behind Virginia signee Zack Jones and Old Dominion signee Melvin Vaughn.
Bradshaw runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and has a 39-inch vertical, according to Morgan, who also uses him as a safety and kick/punt returner.
“He’s tremendous,” Morgan said. “He’s explosive and dynamic. Has great hands, runs great routes.”
Bradshaw grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., but moved to Virginia when he was 12. His cousin is former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams, who talks to him almost daily, giving pointers about being a receiver.
Bradshaw quickly became a Virginia Tech fan after moving, acquainting himself with the Hokies on TV. He’d talked with Tech’s coaches since he was a sophomore (Bryan Stinespring was his lead recruiter) but pushed things over the top last weekend with his performance at the Hokies’ camp.
“They were very interested, but once he went up to camp and did his thing, ran and jumped and did his 1-on-1’s and stuff, he was pretty dominant, so they extended him an offer right after the camp was over,” Morgan said.
Bradshaw, who visited Tech for last year’s Virginia game and the spring game in April, wasn’t alone in Blacksburg. He was joined by high school teammate Andrew Brown, a five-star 2014 defensive tackle who recently said the Hokies were in his top five, and a pair of 2015 recruits who have also been offered by Tech — running back Deshawn McClease and defensive end Josh Sweat.
Current Hokies running back J.C. Coleman also went to Oscar Smith.
Bradshaw said he’d lobby for his good friend Brown come to Virginia Tech with him.
“At the end of the day it’s up to Andrew to decide where he wants to go,” Bradshaw said. “But I’ll try my best to get him up there.”
Bradshaw is the first true wide receiver in the Hokies’ 2014 class, although athletes Travon McMillian and Javon Harrison could end up there. Here is an updated commitment list:
- WR Jaylen Bradshaw, 6-0, 175, Chesapeake (Oscar Smith)
- TE Xavier Burke, 6-3, 247, Lawrenceville (Brunswick)
- DB Terrell Edmunds, 6-1, 180, Danville (Dan River)
- OL Eric Gallo, 6-2, 275, Holland, Pa. (Council Rock South)
- DB Javon Harrison, 6-2, 190, Lakeland, Fla. (Kathleen)
- DB Kalen McCain, 6-1, 175, Durham, N.C. (Hillside)
- ATH Travon McMillian, 6-0, 196, Woodbridge (C.D. Hylton)
- DB C.J. Reavis, 6-0, 199, Chester (Thomas Dale)
- DE Vincent Mihota, 6-4, 240, Fredericksburg (Massaponax)
- RB Marshawn Williams, 5-11, 200, Hampton (Hampton)