Before Nebraska (Bellevue West HS)
The top skill player in the state of Nebraska in 2016, running back Jaylin Bradley joins the Husker class from Bellevue West High School. The 6-0, 180-pound Bradley had a record-setting senior season and led the Thunderbirds to the Class A state title.
Bradley helped Bellevue West and Coach Michael Huffman to a perfect 13-0 record in 2016, while rushing for 2,915 yards and 50 touchdowns on 324 carries, an average of 9.0 yards per carry. Bradley also caught 19 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown and averaged nearly 25 yards on 11 kickoff returns. Bradley’s play helped the T-Birds average nearly 500 yards of total offense per game in 2016.
Bellevue West capped its state title run with a 43-6 victory over Omaha North in the state title game at Memorial Stadium. Bradley put on a show, rushing 36 times for 249 yards and five touchdowns in the contest.
As a junior, Bradley rushed for 1,712 yards, while averaging 8.8 yards per carry. He had 19 rushing touchdowns on the season and also caught seven passes, helping Bellevue West to an 11-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals.
Bradley helped his school to a 6-4 record and a state playoff berth as a sophomore in 2014, rushing for 671 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes and had a touchdown reception. Bradley was a member of the varsity as a freshman and finished his high school career with 5,308 rushing yards.
Bradley was an All-Nebraska and All-Metro selection by the Omaha World-Herald in both 2015 and 2016. He was also a member of the Lincoln Journal Star’s Super State team in each of his final two seasons and was an honorary captain of the team as a senior.
Bradley is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in Nebraska by Rivals.com and is listed among the top 70 running backs in the nation by 247Sports. Bradley only visited Nebraska. Bradley also competed in wrestling and track during high school.