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Hoosiers announce addition of JUCO O-lineman

Looking to boost its depth up front, Indiana again went the JUCO route

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 21 UConn at Indiana Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A commitment made in May was officially stamped on Thursday, with Indiana announcing the addition of junior college offensive lineman Chris Bradberry.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle comes to IU from Riverside College, where he helped the program to last season’s California Community College Athletic Association State Championship. He redshirted the 2017 season at San Jose State, giving him two years left to play at Indiana. Bradberry, who also held offers from Sam Houston State, Missouri State, Murray State, Texas-San Antonio and Alabama State, among other small programs, is immediately eligible. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native originally committed to Indiana on May 11.

“He adds experience and depth at offensive tackle,” IU coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “We expect Chris to contribute immediately.”

Indeed, Bradberry provides depth to a position group in need of reinforcements. The program graduated interior starters Simon Stepaniak and Hunter Littlejohn after last season, then saw tackle Coy Cronk grad-transfer to Iowa in January. With returning starters Matthew Bedford and Caleb Jones slotted in at the tackle spots, Bradberry affords IU another player in the mix.

Bradberry is the latest transfer addition up front, joining Dylan Powell, who played both guard and center during his time at Stanford. Indiana also brought in JUCO lineman Luke Haggard in December.