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Continued: Mentor — or more? A look at the role of college recruiting advisers

Sailor declined to reveal how much Bradley was paid, or give details of how Unsigned Preps was funded.

“It’s a “grant-funded program,” he said. On its website, Unsigned Preps is described as a part of All Sports Community Service Inc., a Florida nonprofit. All Sports Community Service, according to its 2012 federal tax form, had only $95,650 in annual revenue, but since 2008 had received $815,010 from unspecified sources.

Sailor also provided few details of how he met Bradley, who played high school football at Washburn.

“It’s through the grace of God,” Sailor said. When asked to elaborate, Sailor replied: “Next question.”

NCAA spokeswoman Meg Durham, while not directly addressing Unsigned Preps, said NCAA rules do not allow organizations to be compensated for getting athletic scholarships for students.

Jenkins, the Washburn coach, said he initially welcomed having Bradley “lend his services” to Washburn’s players because both men believed inner-city athletes were not getting enough help with college choices.

But after four years, Jenkins said the relationship soured and claimed Bradley began to undermine him — especially with Jones and Maynard, the team’s best players. Jenkins said Bradley, at one point, pulled Jones and Maynard out of a football camp Washburn’s players were attending and took them instead to a national camp in Detroit.

Bradley denied Jenkins’ claims — he said Jones and Maynard chose their new schools, not him — and was supported by the parents who sat with him as he was interviewed by the Star Tribune.

“It’s not like I’m going across town and looking for Jashon Cornell, Jeff Jones or the next big thing, ” Bradley said.

One convert to Bradley’s approach is Kent Joyner, a longtime Minneapolis youth football coach.

“I kept hearing, ‘Who is this Levi guy?’ I’m always skeptical,” Joyner said. “I told him, ‘We hear of people trying to help our black kids all the time, and we wanted to see what he’s about.’

Said Joyner: “He’s done every stinkin’ thing he’s said” he would do.























 

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