Austin Pulsipher said that The Longest Yard was, "awesome, hilarious and a very good football movie," but The Water Boy is more reflective of his style of play.
At 6'1" and 220 pounds Pulsipher played a mean outside linebacker for the Temecula Valley Golden Bears last year. His 89 tackles (60 solo), three fumble recoveries and a sack helped his team to the CIF semifinals before falling to the eventual champions.
With the team only returning three starters, Pulsipher is moving to inside linebacker and should take a bigger leadership role on the young team. He will continue to pull double duty as he also plays tight end, where he had nine catches for 156 yards and two scores in 2004.
"I love playing both sides of the ball," he said. "But I see myself playing more as a linebacker in college. I have good linebacker instincts. No one ever got around me last year on the outside. That was one of my strengths, that and my closing speed. I think I did very well getting in the backfield and not letting the running back cut the corner."
Pulsipher does admit that he has room for improvement. This summer he is looking to improve his pass coverage skills. Pulsipher also wants to develop his speed and quickness. He has already taken two-tenths off of his forty-time in the last three months. He is down to 4.8 seconds.
While he enjoys catching touchdowns for the offense, what Pulsipher really likes about the pro-style set his high schools runs is blocking. "It may sound weird, but I love lining up and telling the guy I'm going to put him on his butt," he said. "That's my favorite part right there."
When he is not on the football field, Pulsipher prefers to spend his time on the lake right near his house.
"I like wakeboarding," he said. "The lake is maybe 10-15 minutes from my house and we go there all the time. It's not fun, but we're also building a house and I'm the slave. I dig ditches and place irrigation pipes. [Pulsipher declined an invitation to install my sprinkler system.] I'm pretty good at that stuff."
Though he will be a senior in the fall, Pulsipher is one of the youngest in his class. He won't turn 17 until the middle of July. The LDS recruit plans to serve a mission after attending college for a year.
Pulsipher also carries a 4.0 GPA and is getting plenty of attention from several Ivy League schools for more than just his football schools. Although he does not have any scholarship offers as of yet, he ranks his top four as BYU, Stanford, UCLA and Yale. Fresno State, Idaho and Utah State have also come to see him play.
"I haven't gotten any offers, but BYU is pretty interested," Pulsipher said. "I went to their Junior Day back in April. I was really impressed with all the new facilities there."
Total Blue Sports will follow Pulsipher's upcoming season to see how he is doing on the recruiting trail.