Broken Arrow's Archie Bradley Commits to OU
Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:39 pm
By: News On 6
Originally Published: Jun 8, 2010 3:0 PM CDTKyle Dierking & Bobby Lewis
Oklahoma Sports MOJO’s
TULSA, Oklahoma – Broken Arrow’s Archie Bradley received an offer from the University of Oklahoma to play both baseball and football on Monday.
Early Tuesday morning, Bradley made the call to OU coaches, letting them know he was ready to play both sports for the Sooners.
“Like every kid who plays football, it’s their dream to play for the Sooners,” Bradley said via telephone from Dallas, where he’s playing baseball this month. “With it being in Norman and being so close, I just couldn’t turn it down.”
Bradley threw for 1,667 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Tigers football team in 2009. On the mound, he had a 7-5 record and reached the low to mid 90’s on the radar gun.
Playing both sports at the next level was critical to Bradley’s recruitment. He says he loves both so much he can’t choose which one he likes better.
“The [coaches] felt like I’m going to be able to do both there which is just huge for me to be able to continue both at the Division-I level,” Bradley said.
Along with Owasso’s Dylan Bundy, Bradley is regarded as one of the top pitching prospects for the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
ESPN.com draft guru Keith Law said he would characterize both Bradley and Bundy as potential first round draft picks next year.
“I try to not get caught up in it, but you kind of can’t help it with all the media all around. But if that comes around, then it comes around. I’ll deal with it then,” Bradley said. “Right now, I’m just excited about my future at OU.
“That’d be an amazing feat to get drafted in the first round and get a chance to play professional baseball,” Bradley said. “It’d be really hard to do that instead of going to OU. It makes that decision a lot tougher now.”