Follow-Up Question: Do you think Tony would make me a recommended user if I changed my name to BradenP?
Nope. The recommended user list is an automated tool to help people who post good polls but have few followers (I think under 100 now; used to be under 50) get more followers. Your follower count disqualifies you.
I believe you have too many followers already to be eligible. But, do whatcha want.
The name change wouldn't be a factor. It is controlled by an automated system.