It was, in fact, like a double-blind recruiting experiment.
When Bradley signed a national letter-of-intent with the Cougars in February 2006, he was serving an LDS mission in Brazil. He had never met the BYU coaching staff. He had never visited Provo.
On the other hand, Mendenhall hadn't seen any film of Bradley. All he knew was that Bradley, who signed with Louisville out of high school, was a 6-foot, 200-pound defensive back who played at a good high school football program in Tallahassee, Fla., and wanted to be a Cougar.
Three years later, this double-blind experiment has worked out nicely for both Bradley and BYU.
"I really felt that this is where I needed to be. I had a strong feeling while I was on my mission that this is where I should come," said Bradley, who is entrenched as the Cougars' starting boundary cornerback and leads the team in tackles. "I followed the feelings that I had and made the decision to come. Now I'm here and I'm glad I made the decision."