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T.J. Bradley commits to Maryland football: Terps land 3-star OT

Maryland returns to a familiar junior college to pick up a prospect for the second straight year.

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Three-star offensive tackle T.J. Bradley announced his commitment to Maryland Saturday morning, becoming the team’s 20th commit in the Class of 2018

Bradley, who will play this season at Lackawanna Community College, in Scranton, Pennsylvania weighs in at 6’8, 290 pounds. His frame is that of a prototypical tackle in today’s game. But he hasn’t played a snap of competitive football since his freshman year at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, Virginia.

Six years later, Bradley will line up on Lackawanna’s offensive line after serving a redshirt season last year while essentially relearning how to play the sport and being taught how to play offensive tackle. Though the only film on him is from practice, Bradley earned 14 scholarship offers, including ones from Penn State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, in less than a year. He’s ranked the No. 4 offensive tackle and No. 16 overall junior college prospect in the country, per the 247Sports Composite.

While the Terps have surely landed a prospect with high upside, where they got him from may be almost as important. Lackawanna is a junior college that has a history of sending players to West Virginia, but Maryland has now pulled a highly-regarded talent out of Scranton for the second consecutive year; last year, it was defensive back Alex Woods. Given that head coach Mark Duda is a Maryland alum, it wouldn’t be surprising to see DJ Durkin go back there year after year looking to continue building another pipeline out of the school to College Park.

With Bradley’s pledge, Maryland’s Class of 2018 leapfrogs Kentucky into the No. 16 spot in 247Sports’ team rankings. He joins four-star offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan, three-star offensive tackle Spencer Anderson and four-star guard Evan Gregory in the Terps’ offensive line haul this cycle. Bradley will have three years to play out his three remaining years of eligibility and will be an early enrollee, joining the program in January.