Bulaga Commits to Hawkeyes

UPDATE: It has been widely anticipated that Bryan Bulaga would make a verbal commitment during his upcoming unofficial visit to the University of Iowa on Saturday. While Bulaga said earlier in the week that the chances of his doing that were 50/50, HawkeyeNation.com has learned that Bulaga committed to Iowa on Saturday.

5/20/06 UPDATE: We have placed a call to Bulaga and will file a full length feature report this weekend on the latest commitment to Iowa. Bulaga was coveted by several major programs, including recent offers from Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. The following item appeared on Scout.com earlier this week

"After my visit to Wisconsin, it got me thinking a lot harder about them," Bryan Bulaga told Scout.com.

"I got to talk with their defensive coordinator, tight end coach, offensive line coach, defensive line coach, and I spoke an hour with Coach (Bret) Bielema. That really told me they have a strong interest in me, and it also helped me learn that they have a pretty strong need at tight end and defensive line. I can come in as a tight end, and if I outgrow the position, I'll make a move."

During his meeting with Coach Bielema, the head coach told Bulaga he sees him playing alongside the offensive line.

"Coach Bielema really narrowed the possibilities of what position I will play to the interior lines. He said I could play either offensive or defensive line, but he sees my body growing into an offensive guard," Bulaga informed.

This afternoon, Bulaga received an offer from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, which he says will make him give more thought to any possible commitment to Iowa this weekend.

"Coach (Kevin) Cosgrove came by the school today and after watching 30 minutes of film, he decided he wanted to offer me," added Bulaga, who replaced Northwestern with Nebraska in his list of favorites after receiving the offer.

"It's an honor to receive an offer from Nebraska. They are one of the top programs in America. I'm going to have to talk it over with my family. Right now, I guess, I don't know if I'll make it out there for a trip or not."

It will all come down to his visit to Iowa this weekend, although, the Hawkeyes have told Bulaga there is no pressure.

"I spoke with Coach (Lester) Erb after I received the Nebraska offer, and he told me knew it was a good school. He said that if I feel I need to give them a look, then I should do that. He wants me to be 100% confident that Iowa is the right place, and I don't think they have any fear about any other school, right now," Bulaga stated.

Lastly, Scout.com asked Bulaga to assess this upcoming weekend.

"There is no guarantee that I will commit. Like I said, it's 50/50 right now. I just want to go get another comfort level with Iowa, and make sure it feels like home. I really want to feel that is the best place for me to spend my next four or five years," Bulaga concluded.

Stay tuned to Scout.com for further coverage......


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