Spartan Digest Take: Riley Bullough

It may have taken longer than most Spartan fans wanted, but Mark Dantonio and his staff got their recruiting class started off on the right foot as legacy Riley Bullough became the first member of the Class of 2012. Here is our take on the newest member of the Spartans.

The name Bullough has a special place in Michigan State football history and another chapter will be added when Riley Bullough signs his letter of intent next February to be a Spartan.

At 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, Bullough will bring a lot of potential to Michigan State much like others in his family.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather (Hank), father (Shane), uncle (Chuck) and brother (Max) to Michigan State may have been a scary thought for Riley Bullough. However, the Traverse City (Mich.) native ended his recruitment on Thursday as the first member of Mark Dantonio's recruiting class of 2012.

What should Spartan fans thing about the newest Bullough to wear the Green & White? Here is our take.

WHAT TO LIKE

While some may overlook the effect of being the first player in a recruiting class to pledge, make no mistake Riley Bullough is the right guy to sell others on being a Spartan with his knowledge of the coaching staff and history of the program.

Nevertheless, it is his football skills that Spartan fans should like as Riley has been a high school quarterback and defender.

With his future set on the defensive side of the ball, Riley could start off as a safety and grow into an outside backer before his college career is over.

A hard hitter and above average tackler, Riley Bullough shows a high football IQ to go with solid physical skills.

WHAT MAY CONCERN YOU

Some may have wished the younger Bullough was more sought after as he only reported five offers. However, two of those offers were from Big Ten foes Wisconsin and Iowa.

BOTTOM LINE

This was a good start to what has to be another solid class for the Spartans to continue building the depth needed to compete at the upper levels of the Big Ten each and every year.

A solid overall athlete, Riley Bullough has the ability to be a solid player early in his career on special teams and grow into a hard hitting safety or outside linebacker once he is on campus. A hard hitter and smart football player always has a place on a Mark Dantonio team.

Mark Dantonio is high on keeping quality players and families in the Spartan program and Riley Bullough and the Bullough family was at the top of the Spartans want list for the Class of 2012.


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