Today, Mayor Mick Cornett declared Jan. 13 “Sam Bradford Day” in Oklahoma City.
This should be called “Sam Bradford Week” because that’s all anyone is thinking about this week, including me.
Will he turn pro?
Truthfully, I can’t say.
But the buzz (and who knows if this is what’s actually happening) at last night’s basketball game was interesting.
Here’s what a few people said they thought was going on:
Bradford, who according to CBS Sports was projected out as a Top 20 pick by the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, was leaning toward going pro coming out of the weekend.
But there’s been a strong push from some of his teammates to talk him into staying. And he’s considering it, which would explain why he’s taking this long to announce his decision.
Tight end Jermaine Gresham, who many believed was a lock to go to the NFL, could be talked into saying, too, but only if Bradford stays. Not sure if the same applies to tackle Trent Williams, who is also mulling over whether to leave with his parents who live in Longview, Texas.
Bob Stoops’ comments in Nashville seem to support this tale. Stoops said he had a feeling about which way Bradford was leaning, but acted like he wasn’t sure.
On the other hand, another interesting element of this whole saga is the fact OU doesn’t seem to be recruiting any QBs at the moment.
Why is that interesting?
Because if Bradford were to leave, OU would have just two scholarship QBs — Landry Jones and incoming freshman Drew Allen — heading into the final two weeks leading up to signing day. If they thought Bradford was leaving, wouldn’t the Sooner coaches be scurrying like crazy (much like they did last year finding another LB, Mike Balogun, after it seemed there was a possibility Curtis Lofton was leaving early) to snag a third QB?
All that suggests the Sooners think Bradford is staying.
So what is he going to do?
We’ll all find out in the next 54 hours.
By Jake Trotter