Damascus WR-LB Zach Bradshaw commits to Penn State


(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Finally, Bradshaw picked up the phone to call Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who put him on speakerphone to a room full of the Nittany Lions coaching staff.

“It was nice to talk to him,” Bradshaw said.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Hornets standout committed to Penn State on Wednesday afternoon, choosing the Nittany Lions over Virginia, South Carolina and Northwestern.

“I liked everything,” Bradshaw said. “The coaches, the football stuff, the academic part, the campus, the people. I just waited until I felt comfortable and I knew it was the right choice before I did it.”

Bradshaw visited Penn State a few weeks ago, then went back up to Happy Valley this weekend to meet with linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden. After a smooth visit, Bradshaw decided to make the call before the start of his senior season.

A standout on both sides of the ball, Bradshaw was a second team All-Met selection as a wide receiver. He caught 35 passes for 466 yards and seven touchdowns, and also rushed 25 times for 219 yards and two scores.

“It was really stressful,” Bradshaw said. “I’m so relaxed today. It’ll be easier to focus on football stuff now with high school, which is really important.”

Related: Zach Bradshaw 2011 football stats

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