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Purdue Football: Smiley Bradford Signs!

Purdue adds a defensive back out of East St. Louis to their 2024 class.

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Leontre “Smiley” Bradford, a 6’0”, 185 pound 3* safety out of East St. Louis High School (East Saint Louis, MO) signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Purdue in the 2024-2025 season. He is the 830th overall player and 92nd ranked safety in the 2024 class. He is the 19th best player in Illinois.

Bradford chose Purdue over listed offers from schools including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Syracuse, and Wisconsin.

Named first-team all-state as a senior, Smiley accumulated 93 total tackles (66 solo). As a junior he was credited with 110 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception. He piled up another 110 tackles and 3 interceptions as a sophomore.

He was the teammate of fellow 2024 Purdue signee Jesse Watson.


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