Standout LB Strongly Favoring UM

This talented linebacker prospect said the University of Miami is definitely the top school on his list. Find out how close to making a commitment he might be in this interview with the standout defender.

In what appears to be a tremendous year for linebackers in Dade County, one of the top prospects at that position is Killian standout Stephen Tulloch.

At 5-foot-11 and 217 pounds, Tulloch has decided not to attend any summer camps this year, after participating in this year's NIKE Training Camp back in April. His 4.28 shuttle time there was one of the best among linebackers, and he also did 22 reps on the bench press, which was also among the best for linebackers.

"I decided it was in my best interest to stick around and work out with all my teammates," Tulloch told me. "The entire team effort this summer has been real positive."

The talented linebacker, who also throws the shot put during track season, carries a 2.95 GPA and will take the SAT on October 12 for the first time.

"I talked to a lot of coaches on the phone in spring," he said. "Some of them were Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Rutgers, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina. I've even gotten five scholarship offers in the mail – North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Boston College."

The talented linebacker that finished last season with over 100 tackles named some of the programs that he would consider his early favorites.

"The schools I'd say are my early favorites would be Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina, Florida, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers," he said.

Tulloch talked more in-depth about the Hurricanes.

"I talked to Coach Hargreaves," he said. "He told me they'll be watching the first few games this season before they decide whether to offer me or not. It's a real good year for linebackers in this area so they want to watch all of them. I have no doubt I'll be the one getting an offer. He told me they didn't offer Jonathan Vilma till after his third game, so he said just keep working hard."

Tulloch, whose brother David played for Florida State in the mid-90's, said the Hurricanes are his early favorite.

"Miami's definitely my No. 1," he said. "But if they offer, I probably won't jump all over it. I want to be able to look around because I don't want to sit the bench. I want to play right away and I need to see if Miami gives me the best opportunity. I also like Rutgers a lot. They were the first school to offer me and I think they have a real good program."

Going back to he and his teammates, Tulloch said one thing is on their minds.

"The big goal is to win the state championship," he said. "None of us have ever been there before. We got a new coach last season and he took us pretty far in the first year. Now it's time to go the whole way and win it."

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