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WPIAL Star, Pitt Target Bradley Gompers Commits to Duke

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Central Catholic linebacker Bradley Gompers

Bradley Gompers was looking for an opportunity to combine his prowess on the football field with a top-tier education, and he found the right destination to call home.

Gompers — a 6-foot-5, 200-pound three-star athlete from Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, Pa. — committed to Duke over a list of finalists that included Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Pitt, Rutgers and West Virginia.

Gompers held offers from a number of top schools across the country, but after an official visit to Duke last weekend, he decided he was ready to become a Blue Devil.

Football was an important factor in Gompers’ decision, but it wasn’t the end-all-be-all either.

“Football is not everything, in my opinion,” Gompers told Pittsburgh Sports Now in December. “After football, hopefully I have a chance to play in the NFL, but if I don’t, I gotta have a backup plan. Education is a big part of where I’m gonna go. I wanna go somewhere that has the best of both worlds athletically and academically.

“I would say academically is the biggest thing, but I would like to go to a bigger campus, more people, I thrive in bigger environments where — I came to Central, a similar place, I was like a little fish in a big pond, but I kinda made my way as I went. So, I would like to go to a bigger school probably, but I’d say the main thing is academics and how good the team is football-wise and what conference they’re in.”

Pitt offered him as a linebacker, which is how a lot of schools in his recruiting chase viewed him, but it appears that he will play tight end for the Blue Devils.

Gompers has played both ways as long as he can remember, all the way through his high school career, but his instincts and athleticism are intriguing. He was instrumental in the Vikings’ playoff run — racking up 17 tackles and a field goal returned for a touchdown in the WPIAL Class-6A title game.

One of the latest WPIAL-to-Duke recruits was former Pine-Richland linebacker Jeremiah Hasley in the class of 2022.

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Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
1 month ago

Don’t fret! While Pitt can’t pull guys from our own backyard, he’s able to land studs from England. I’m sure all this “potential” will work out.

Beating out teams like Eastern Michigan, Rutgers, and Marshall will pay dividends down the road.

Yikes.

Jane
Jane
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

It’s only gonna get worse

Randino
Randino
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

Settle down fella. You win some you lose some. These guys might end up at pitt before it’s all over.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago

So Diaz is another guy who can recruit like crazy. Was always Florida based but a few years at PSU has landed him some good contacts to get a kid like this. He can’t coach so will probably be gone sooner than later but still will be a pain, espeically D kids

Randino
Randino
1 month ago

Ped state sucks

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Randino

hahaha, rapier wit. That’s all you got as a rebuttal?

GDM
GDM
1 month ago

Best of luck to Bradley. Made the best decision for him. Duke is a great school. As usual Pitt will go on…

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