DITR: Jacob Bradford (St. Stanislaus Catholic High School, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)

Our newest Diamond in the Rough is 6’3 265 LBS Offensive and Defensive Lineman Jacob Bradford. Jacob plays for St. Stanislaus Catholic High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Jacob has made the All State Team for the last two years 2nd Team his Sophomore year and 1st Team last season. Jacob currently has offers from Colorado, LA Tech, and Yale. He has a 3.6 GPA and really makes an effort to keep his grades high. Jacob puts up some impressive numbers in the weight room, he has a max bench of 355 LBS, a max squat of 515 LBS, and on top of that runs a 4.9 forty yard dash. Last season he put up some great numbers he had 9 1/2 sacks, 112 total tackles, and 30 tackles for loss.

Jacob makes the tackle

When did you start playing football?

“I started playing football when I was 5 years old.”

What is your favorite part about football?

“I like being in a competitive game that is evenly matched, and being the one who wants it more which normally leads to the win.”

What is the hardest part about football?

“When something goes wrong people can lose their spirits, I know it is important to pick them up.”

What is something you have learned through football?

“That football can’t be about thinking in the game, it needs to be instinctual and a second nature when decisions are being made.”

Do you play any other sports?

“I am on the track and field team for shot-put, and I participate in powerlifting.”

Do you have a favorite College Football Team?

“I don’t really have a favorite team I just really enjoy watching players at the college level perform.”

Who is your favorite NFL Team?

“My favorite NFL Team is the New Orleans Saints.”

Who is your biggest role model?

“I have a few, the first two are my two older brothers as I have learned how to go about my business from them, and lastly my dad who has been the person keeping me in check.”

Do you have any players that you try and emulate your game after?

“I like watching Fletcher Cox and Milton Williams.”

How do you balance school and football?

“When it is school time I really focus on that and get my work done so when it comes time for football I can focus on football.”

How do you prepare for a game?

“Really it comes downs to practice and film, it is important to make sure the team knows that every game is a new game and a new team with new schemes.”

What is the best part of your game?

“For me it is a combo of my get-off along with my quick feet and hands.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“I have a few records I want to break, I want to break my brothers tackle for loss record and I want to break the school sack record.”

What does it mean to be a good teammate?

“It is the biggest thing, football is a team sport, a leader can make or break a team and it is up to the older leaders to teach the younger players the way to go about things so the team can rely on everyone.”

How does your team reach the goals set for next season?

“We have a new coaching staff so we need to learn the scheme, and work as a team to be fierce and aggressive, we need to want it more than anyone else.”