LSU '20 TX RB - Kevontre Bradford (LSU Verbal)

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    Tre Bradford Receives Ohio State Offer, Added to 2020 RB Targets List
    After Ohio State missed out on Kendall Milton and Jaylan Knighton’s commitments earlier this week and was told Sunday that five-star running back Bijan Robinson will likely be committing elsewhere, the Buckeye staff went back to the drawing board.

    There were several options from the running backs that the staff had already offered, which were detailed on Eleven Warriors earlier this week, but there were bound to be targets Ohio State had who had not yet received offers.

    One of those targets was Kevontre “Tre” Bradford – the No. 18 running back in the 2020 class and the No. 235 overall prospect in the nation. He received his Ohio State offer Thursday.

    “It means a lot. I’m very excited,” Bradford told Eleven Warriors on Thursday. “I just started talking to them like two days ago, maybe three days ago.”

    Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford had reached out to Bradford shortly after the news of Robinson’s change of heart, and Ryan Day extended the offer.

    Bradford said he is not yet aware of the running back situation that has recently opened up this week in the 2020 class, and he hasn’t had much time to look into the future at the running back position for the Buckeyes. But he likes the program at this point simply because it’s Ohio State.

    “I mean, it’s Ohio State. I’m pretty sure everybody likes them,” Bradford said. “It’s a good school. They’ve got good education. I just like them.”

    Bradford isn’t necessarily a big, bruising type of running back, at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, and while he certainly can catch the ball out of the backfield to an extent, he’s only caught 13 passes in two years on the Varsity team. He averaged 10.4 yards per carry and eclipsed 1,000 yards with 1,164 in 2018.

    Much of what makes Bradford a good running back are subtleties in the way he runs. He won’t set the field on fire with his speed, but he’s extremely good at making himself small while splitting defenders and attacking the hole in the line. His combination of patience and field vision is what allows him to get himself into positions to have successful runs of 10 yards or more.

    His film is a large part of why the Buckeye staff decided to extend an offer, Bradford said.

    “I’m going to visit for sure,” Bradford said. “I’m going to try to do an official and come up for a game.”

    While Bradford has made one official visit – Wisconsin on June 21 – he hasn’t released a top-schools list yet, but this offer is making him consider settling into one.

    “It kind of basically makes me start going towards a top-five,” he said.

    Bradford joins a list of several out-of-state options the Buckeyes are entertaining. That list includes EJ Smith, Jalen Berger, Lawrance Toafili, Darvon Hubbard, Zachary Evans and others.
     
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    Is Ohio State moving up with Kevontre Bradford?
    The Buckeyes are still searching for a running back or two in 2020, and the first one they offered following the surprising July turnaround from Bijan Robinson and Jaylan Knighton was Lancaster (Texas) High School’s Kevontre Bradford. We talked about Bradford at that time here on Lettermen Row, highlighting that the offer to the 5-foot-11, 195-pound, 4-star prospect could signal a run on new tailback interest by Ohio State all over the country.

    Bradford, who was actually offered a scholarship by Ohio State the day before Robinson picked Texas, has continued to be a top target for the Buckeyes since then. He now set an official visit date scheduled and will be on campus for the Michigan State game on Oct. 5.

    That is a key development for the Buckeyes, who’ve been reluctant to make any real, aggressive overture to other tailbacks in the last month. It’s a clear signal that Bradford is A.) a real priority and B.) really interested in Ohio State as well. In fact, folks I know who specialize in covering Texas recruiting have indicated that the private, reserved Bradford is probably now leaning towards Ohio State rather than Wisconsin — which had been the supposed leader for months in his recruitment.

    Bradford made an official visit to Wisconsin in June, and that’s the only one he’s made to this point. So, there’s a major opportunity for the Buckeyes to put some real space between them and the rest of the field in this recruitment if he is actually the primary option at running back right now.
     
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    Kevontre Bradford
    Hailing from Lancaster (Texas) High School, the 18th-ranked running back in 2020 and 34th overall prospect in Texas has big-play ability and will get to check out how well that would fit in with the Buckeyes on Oct. 5 when he makes an official visit for the Michigan State game.

    Bradford, a long-framed 5-foot-11, 193-pound back, also visited Wisconsin this summer and received an offer from LSU last week.
     
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    The running back, Kevontre “Tre” Bradford from Lancaster (Texas), was the first tailback offered by Ohio State following the departure of Bijan Robinson and Jaylan Knighton to Texas and Florida State, respectively. Yes, other running backs have emerged in the last month as real targets for Ohio State. But the interest in Bradford — and vice versa — hasn’t wavered.
     
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