"The first time I went to a fast-food place, I stood there for five minutes looking at the menu," Bradley said. "I had forgotten about making my own choices.
"It was hard to develop individuality [at CYA]. We all wore the same clothes, we had the same haircuts."
Bradley transferred to Northridge in the spring, partly because he couldn't accept most of his other Division I offers. One of the parole conditions, no longer in effect, was he couldn't leave the state.
"The only thing I knew about CSUN was the earthquake tore the school up," Bradley said. "I like it here. I'll take our 6,000 fans and run the ball as hard as if I was running in front of 30,000 people."
Ponciano, Northridge's first-year, no-nonsense coach, inherited Bradley from the previous staff. He couldn't be more pleased.
"He is no impostor," Ponciano said. "He wants to make a difference in every phase of his life and he wants to make a difference here at Northridge.