Crunch time for Bullard

SPARTANBURG - Four-star defensive end Jonathan Bullard is one of the top prospects at this year's Shrine Bowl. What's the latest on his recruitment?

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The Crest High School [Shelby, N.C.] senior continues to weigh his options -- Clemson, South Carolina and Florida.

"It's a hard choice. I've been to all of them multiple times," he said. "I've kind of got a feeling that one of them, as far as my personality fits a little bit better there. Overall, it's pretty tight."

Bullard plans to announce his decision next Wednesday, Dec. 21. And he has an idea of which school it will be.

This week, the No. 13 defensive end in the class of 2012, is rooming with Carlos Watkins, a four-star defensive tackle, who's committed to Clemson.

Both Watkins and Rhaheim Ledbetter, a Florida commitment and high school teammate, have put in their time recruiting Bullard.

"I've got every class with [Rhaheim]. He lives five houses up the road from me…I'm rooming with Carlos, so all I've heard is Clemson, Clemson, Clemson," Bullard said.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had his in-home with Bullard on Friday.

"Basically, the message was that Clemson wanted me. They're getting to be a great team. They feel they need a few more pieces and they feel I can come in," Bullard said.

He added, "They've got a young team. Great athletes, overall. A great class came in last year. Right now, they're on their way to another good one this year. [Swinney] said they're a few steps away from being where they need to be overall -- I could help them get a little closer."

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier will do an in-home visit for Bullard this week while he's in Spartanburg. The timing of the visit, Bullard said, is for his mom.

"It's not just all about me and straight football," Bullard said. "She just wants to get to know him a little better."

Gamecock defensive line coach Brad Lawing stopped by last week.

"They just need a few more pieces. [Lawing] said he felt like I could be one of those pieces," Bullard said.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end shared a few thoughts on the three schools he's considering.

Clemson: It's a family atmosphere every time I go. I feel comfortable with the people there. They're a great team, a young team. I feel I can come in and join part of the family.
South Carolina: I feel like they haven't lied to me. They've been telling me the truth. They came straight up and told me, Clowney's going to play. I liked that. It just showed me, when I get there, they're going to be straight up. That's how I want it.

Florida: The coaching staff, my position you have Dan Quinn and Bryant Young. That's real good. That's a lot of NFL experience for the next level, which I'm trying to do after the next level.


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