Swinney adds personal touch to offer

Before North Carolina's top 2012 defensive end visited Clemson earlier this month, he knew an offer from the Tigers was on the way.

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And once Crest High School (Shelby) junior Jonathan Bullard arrived to Clemson on Feb. 12, Swinney told him again that the Tigers were offering.

"It was pretty good getting that offer face to face," Bullard told CUTigers. "It was a little better getting it from the head coach, knowing he wants you there just as bad as the position coach. It meant a lot."

On signing day, Swinney informed Bullard that he would have received the offer earlier. Had he visited Clemson for the January junior day, it would have been extended then.

Bullard's visit earlier this month was productive one.

"They took my mom and talked to my mom. We walked around a little bit before we went to the basketball game," he said.

Aside from meeting with Swinney, there was one thing that really stood out about the trip.

"I just liked the way they made my mom feel real comfortable," Bullard said. "She came down and they were hugging on her. She really liked it. It's a plus for my family."

Along with Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia have offered. Bullard doesn't claim any favorites.

On Saturday, he'll visit Tennessee. On Mar. 18, he'll be in Florida.

"Right now, I'm just going to take my time. I don't plan on it being late, but I'm probably going to [commit] kind of early," Bullard said.

Several areas will be looked at as he continues through the recruiting process.

"I just want to go to a school that's going to push me academically, just as well in football, incase I don't make it to the next level after college," he said. "Then, coaches and playing time."

During his junior season, Bullard had he had 107 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.

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