Bullard Drawing Interest

2011 prospect Marcus Bullard only had one scholarship offer but is hearing a lot from Maryland.

Marcus Bullard may hold just one scholarship offer from Wake Forest, but there are several other top programs expressing interest in the Spring Valley HS (S.C.) linebacker.

Among the programs looking at the Columbia, S.C. native are Auburn, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Oregon, and Maryland.

Bullard has made unofficial visits to Auburn, Wake Forest, and Clemson; a school to which he has family ties.

“I've been going to Clemson games. Both my parents went to Clemson for school,” said Bullard. “My dad was a linebacker at Clemson in their '81 national championship.”

Bullard has received emails from Maryland, a program, which he admits, he knows little about. However, a former Maryland star has had some influence on Bullard's football career.

“Actually, my favorite football player went to Maryland, Shawne Merriman,” said Bullard. “I actually wear his number.”

Like Merriman, Bullard is an impact player at linebacker.

“In the first two games I had over 40 tackles,” said Bullard of his 2009 season. “At the end of the season I had 90-something tackles.”

Bullard said his greatest strength is his presence as a speed rusher, but he would like to improve in coverage.

“My man coverage is probably good, but I want to work to get better at my zone coverage,” he said.

Bullard's ability to improve can only be helped by his never-say-die attitude on the football field.

“I don't give up too easy,” he said. “Some people have the mindset that if we're down two touchdowns, we're not going to come back. But I'm a person that wants to fight to the very end.

“I'll be that person that'll be in your face and be like, 'We can do this!'”

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