McCalla (Ala.) McAdory High is the top seed in its region heading into the 2012 state playoffs, and the versatility of Garian Bradley has helped along the way. The junior running back played both ways early in the season before shifting to the backfield full time.
While he will be looked at as a key cog going forward, the 5-foot-11, 235-pounder is still in the middle of the recruiting process. He was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday to see Alabama defeat Mississippi State.
"It was just never-ending fun," Bradley said of the experience. "When I was there, I tried to imagine myself playing and going through the life of a football player on game day. I've been there before, but this time something was crazy.
"Not all colleges get that type of experience with fans. "
The 2014 talent can do multiple things, which helps when big-time schools come calling.
"I'm getting recruited by them, so I talk to coach [Burton] Burns," he said of Alabama. "I was looking at the running backs and the comparisons to them. Seeing how they develop guys and how they play…and I was looking at the mental aspects too."
Running back is Bradley's preferred position at this point, regardless of where he ends up.
"Right now, it's basically offense because I'm not able to play defense," he added. "I'm leaning towards offense. (My coaches) don't want me to play defense at all.
"I really see myself as a big third-down back. I will work on my speed in college, too."
"Coach Burns was telling me if I come down there and everything works out, I would be a Jalston Fowler-type or something like that," he continued. "They want to see highlights and full game film."
An offer has yet to come in for Bradley, but he feels that another school in the SEC may be close, among others.
"I feel like it's open arms when I go down there (Ole Miss)."
That family feel has Bradley focused on the Rebels at the moment, along with his relationship with the staff.
Said Bradley, "My mind is kind of set on Ole Miss. I was telling my mom, "If they offer me – two days later I'll give them my verbal. I like the coaches and I love Coach Paul Jones, the strength and conditioning coach.
"He is there every day to get better, and most college athletes should have the mindset to get better. He said "If you come to Ole Miss, we're going to make you have that mindset."
The feeling of being wanted by the Rebels and people associated with the program helps with his perception of them as well.
"I went there for camp and it was like everybody knew who I was," said Bradley. "It was like "hey big man, hey Gerrian we're glad to see you." I kind of took that and ran with it because it felt like home.
"I went down to the Texas game and I'll probably go down to the Egg Bowl (against Mississippi State)."
Bradley will be at Mississippi State this weekend along with teammate Cory Thomas, who was also with him at Alabama. He wants to study physical therapy or business in college and waned to reiterate that results on the field don't affect him as much in recruiting, especially surrounding MSU.
"You can't base it on that, because it's ‘Bama we're talking about," Bradley said about Saturday's result.