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Pulaski Academy's Brady Coming to TU as 4-Year Starter
February 2, 2012By VYPE Arkansas of VYPE MAGAZINE - Arkansas
(Photo by Sheldon Smith) Pulaski Academy’s Jeremy Brady started all four years of high school and begins his college career at Tulsa next fall.
For the first time in four years, Jeremy Brady may not be in the starting lineup when the 2012 football season kicks off. The Pulaski Academy safety signed with Tulsa Wednesday. It is yet to be determined how much, if any, he will play for the Hurricane as a freshman.
“It’s all going to depend how I work out this summer and how my body is,” said Brady, a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder. “We will see how it goes and how I feel I can compete. I could redshirt, but it is all up to me and my family.”
Brady, whose parents are from Arkansas, began his high school career at Red Oak, Texas. He started as a freshman for Red Oak and two more seasons before the family moved to the Little Rock area last summer.
At Red Oak he was a two-time 15-4A All-District player. At Pulaski Academy he earned 7-4A All-Conference and All-VYPE Small-School honors, as he collected 64 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He also returned 10 kicks for 294 yards and one TD and had 423 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns during his senior campaign. The Bruins won the first undefeated state championship in school history last fall.
Brady finished with more than 300 tackles and 12 interceptions, nine pass breakups, 5 fumble recoveries and 4 forced fumbles in his career.
He's another outstanding athlete. He's really a true safety, a hard-hitter, has great feet,” TU coach Bill Blankenship said.
Tulsa was Brady’s only offer, but Houston, North Texas and Princeton showed interest.
“It made it easier for me to decide where I wanted to go,” Brady said. “When I visited I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the atmosphere there.”
Coming off an ultra-successful senior season, Brady is hoping to keep winning, regardless if he plays as a freshman.
“I think since Coach Blankenship has been there, the recruiting and everything has gotten even better,” Brady said. “I think the program is going to another level. I think over the next couple of years we have a chance to play in the BCS Championship Game.”