Taj Bradley’s recruitment to South Carolina was a quicker one. It started last week with recruiting coordinator Mike Current visiting him for a game and ended Sunday with a visit to campus and a commitment.
After a campus-wide tour, he sat down with the coaching staff and was offered a scholarship that he didn’t take long to take.
“The fact that I loved the school and the offer was amazing, there’s no way I could turn it down,” Bradley told GamecockCentral. “I accepted it on the spot.”
The senior at Redan High School (Stone Mountain, Georgia) right now is rated as an outfielder as his primary position but the Gamecocks are looking at him as a right-handed pitcher.
PerfectGame.com rates him as the No. 5 outfielder from Georgia in the 2018 class and the No. 303 overall prospect nationally.
After visiting campus he loves the winning history of the program and the academics the coaching staff showed him. Plus, he says there’s a chance for some immediate playing time.
“They said I could come in as a freshman and start,” he said. “They saw me pitch and said they saw something great in me.”
A right-handed flamethrower, he’s topped out at 95 miles per hour this year on his fastball and throws a changeup and curveball and complimentary pitches.
He’s primarily a fast moving, strikeout pitcher that can pitch to contact when he needs to.
“I like to get the ball quick and move at a fast pace and slow the game down when I need to,” he said. “I more or less looking for strikeouts trying to get the ball past somebody and have them swing over pitches. But if I can get a fly out or groundout, anything, or a double play that’s great.”
Current was his primary recruiter but it was an entire staff effort.
After Current spoke with him, pitching coach Skylar Meade reached out and after his visit he and the rest of the coaching staff met together, and that’s when he committed.
He was especially impressed with Meade, who offered advice and different workouts Bradley could do before he even committed to South Carolina.
“The coaching staff’s amazing man,” Bradley said. “I could tell as soon as I got there they’d help a lot more.”