Bradley commits to Auburn

Auburn added another key piece to its 2013 class Monday with the commitment of 4-star defensive tackle Ben Bradley from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

Defensive tackle Ben Bradley

Bradley announced his decision Monday on Twitter.

“It was a connection I felt,” Bradley said. “Everything was leaning toward coming back closer to Auburn. I’m really looking forward to playing SEC football.”

Bradley, 6-foot-2 and 302 pounds, officially visited both Kentucky and Auburn this past weekend and the two SEC schools were his finalists. He also considered more than a dozen other offers including Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas A&M, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Bradley will enroll at Auburn for the start of spring semester Wednesday along with running back Cameron Artis-Payne from Allan Hancock in Santa Maria, Calif., and Bradley’s teammate, offensive guard Devonte Danzey.

Bradley and Danzey battled in practice for the past two years at Hutchinson and will bring that friendly competition to Auburn’s practice fields starting this spring.

“I like Devonte a lot because he’s underrated because he’s undersized,” Bradley said. “But he can play with the best of them. He blocked me most of the time. I already know how good he is.”

Bradley is Auburn’s 15th commitment for the 2013 class and fourth junior college prospect. He is rated the nation’s No. 5 junior college defensive tackle and No. 15 overall junior college prospect in the 247Composite.

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