April 24, 2008

Busy Bullard sees plenty of visitors

Brentwood Academy's Alex Bullard is a player that is heavily on Tennessee's radar. And after multiple visits to Rocky Top this spring, it appears that the Vols are heavily on his as well. But that doesn't mean he's destined to wear orange.

"I'm keeping an open mind," Bullard said. "I'm gathering all the info about each team and program. I'm getting a better feel for the areas, campus life and the environments I'm going to be in. I'm just trying to get all the facts straight."

The fact is Bullard (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) is fielding guests every day now that college coaches can be out and about seeing potential prospects. It's a bit hectic, but he knows that it's all part of the process that will help him make a wise decision.

"Alabama, Notre Dame and Stanford have all been by to see me," Bullard said. "Oklahoma is coming (today) and coach (Greg) Adkins and (Dave) Clawson from Tennessee will be coming by next week."

Dave Clawson is the primary recruiter for the Middle Tennessee native, and it's a relationship that Bullard says is growing with each conversation.

"I really like his personality," Bullard said. "He's cool and seems like a genuine guy. He's been willing to answer all my questions, and I think he's a really good guy and I like him."

Tennessee's new offensive coordinator isn't the only thing that Bullard likes about the Volunteer program. Having been to Knoxville several times, he learns new things with every visit and sees many advantages to playing his college ball in his home state.

"I definitely want to get up there next chance I get," Bullard said. "I like the tradition. I love coach (Phillip) Fulmer. He's an amazing guy and I will have a lot of friends that will be there."

With his friend and teammate Thad McHaney spending a lot of time with the B.A. track team, Bullard has been focusing on a couple of areas.

"A lot of time in the weight room to get stronger," Bullard said. "I'm also trying to get more serous with my studies. I've always been serious, but I want to be totally focused so I can enjoy high school because you only get to go through it once."

He'll begin to trim his list of 17 offers during the summer. He admits that he has no idea where he'll camp or visit this summer. He does know what he wants in a school and will be working toward a decision with a list of things he wants to see from each school.

"I'm looking at a combination of things," Bullard said. "Academics, the position it puts me in for life after football, what school will get the best out of me on the football field and the environment around that school are all the factors."

Rivals.com rates Bullard as a 4-star prospect and as a top 250 player in the class of 2009.

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