Tennessee Lineman Has Duke Offer

When the new-look Blue Devil offense hits the field under the direction of David Cutcliffe, the coach has already informed fans that the team will be throwing...a lot. In order to have such a strong passing game, however Duke will need talented players along the offensive line. One of the early offers in 2009 fits the bill.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, South Carolina, Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt," says Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy standout Alex Bullard. "It's early so I don't really have anything done as far as narrowing down a list. I am just going through the process and gathering information at this point."

At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, Bullard is an imposing physical specimin, but he's also very concerned with the minute details that seperate good linemen from great linemen.

"I work on my fundamentals a lot. This offseason I know I need to concentrate on keeping my pad level lower than I have in the past. Also, I've been working to get stronger and more explosive. It's a consistent process. Right now I'd say my best attributes are quickness and ability to read the game. I can block linemen and linebackers, but I can also recognize when defensive backs are coming in."

As a junior Bullard helped Brentwood to the State Championship game before falling. That kind of winning tradition is something he appreciates and understands.

"You have to put in the work to get better and to stay on top. We were good last year, and it was disappointing to lose, but we're going to work hard this off season so we can come back and make a stronger run next year."

When discussing what he's looking for in a school, Bullard leaves no doubt as to his top overall criteria.

"Definitely academics is the most important factor. If football doesn't continue for me after the next four or five years, I want to be able to say that it at least provided me with a degree that allows me to be successful."

That would, presumably, give Duke a chance to get a foot in the door with such a highly rated prospect, no?

"Their new staff is great and most of them have either coached or played in the NFL. All of them know what it takes to get there, and I am sure they are going to make Duke into a winner very soon. With great coaches working to make the football program better, Duke is certainly an option because their academics are among the best in the country. A degree from Duke pretty much sets you up for life."


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