After lifting weights Monday morning, Zach Bradshaw headed out to the Damascus football field shortly before noon.
Some colleges are recruiting the rising junior as a wide receiver. Others as a defensive back or linebacker. The latest school to offer him a scholarship, Maryland, is not sure what position he might play.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bradshaw will start at wide receiver and outside linebacker this fall for Damascus, which is seeking to continue its state-record of 13 consecutive playoff appearances. The Hornets, however, have one other hole to fill, so Bradshaw and three teammates prepared for kicking practice.
“Last year, they had an announcement on the morning show, ‘Anyone who can kick, tryouts are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the first two weeks of the season,’ ” Bradshaw said before trying a few soccer-style kickoffs.
“I’m already the long snapper, so they probably won’t make me punt.”
That said, Bradshaw is willing to play anywhere. If he gets faster, he might be a wide receiver in college. If he gets bit bigger, he could end up on defense. When Bradshaw and his father, Mike, visited College Park last Friday, Maryland Coach Randy Edsall and his staff mentioned the possibility of playing the Terps’ hybrid safety-linebacker spot.
“I was there originally in the spring and they asked if I could come back, I just thought it was going to be a tour of the campus and meet the coaching staff,” Bradshaw said. “I ended up meeting the head coach and going to his office, sitting on his couch. He offered me a scholarship, slid it into one of his sentences, talking about the characteristics of what he likes in a player, so if you weren’t paying attention, you would have missed it.”
Boston College, West Virginia and Georgia Tech already had offered scholarships and Bradshaw hopes to visit those schools in the fall. Virginia and Michigan State (Mike Bradshaw’s alma mater) also are recruiting him and he has interest in Penn State.
As for where the notion of schools recruiting him without knowing where he might end up playing, Bradshaw has not given it much thought.
“I guess they want me to play somewhere, but they don’t know where it is yet,” said Bradshaw, who has three younger siblings. “I’m okay with that. Whatever saves my dad a couple hundred grand.”