Bullard Enjoys Auburn A-Day Visit

Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard talks about his fist visit to Auburn.

Shelby, N.C.--Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com as a defensive end, 6-4, 250 Jonathan Bullard from Crest Senior High made his first trip to Auburn on Saturday to check out the annual A-Day game and get a feel for coach Gene Chizik's program. Spending the entire day touring and talking with people along with his mom and brother, Bullard said he had a big time on the Plains.

"It went real good," Bullard said. "I came down and met all the coaches and got to know the defensive line coach real good. I visited the whole school, actually. It's been a long day and a fun day."

With 10 offers from North Carolina State, North Carolina, Auburn, Florida, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, Virginia and Alabama, Bullard already has plenty of options on his college destination but said getting to see Auburn was definitely big for him.

"It's real big," Bullard said. "That's how I'm going to make my decision, of what I see and what I go through. Today was a good experience."

One of Auburn's positions of need is definitely on the defensive line and on Saturday Bullard got to see that in person. He said while the lack of depth is definitely something he saw, the biggest thing he saw was a huge amount of fan support for the Tigers.

"It was exciting," Bullard said. "There were a lot of people out there for just a spring game. To see how they support the team is always a good thing."

Making his first visit to Auburn, Bullard also got his first chance to sit down and talk with the coaching staff including defensive line coach Mike Pelton.

"He said I had a good chance of coming in, if I work hard, of getting on the field early," Bullard said. "That's what I plan to do. He seems like a nice, cool guy. I'll probably talk to him again soon."

Being recruited for Auburn by Coach Tommy Thigpen, Bullard said that the two have hit it off since both are from North Carolina. He said even though the coach played for the Tar Heels, he definitely has an affinity for the Auburn Tigers already.

"He said it's a good place," Bullard said of Thigpen. "The best place he's ever been. It's a football school and they'd really love to have me."

Bullard also said having the opportunity to visit the defending national champions was also a huge deal for him.

"It's a big part because I see that they're a good team," Bullard noted. "They lost a little bit, but that's always the case. They're going to rebuild and possibly have a chance to go back. That's a big plus."

Saying that Auburn is definitely one of his favorites out of the schools he's visited, Bullard said he likes the Tigers' chances of making his final list when he decides to cut things down during his senior year and he hopes to make it back again this year.

"Yes sir. More than likely they'll make it," Bullard said. "I‘ll probably make it back this fall."

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