With visits to Alabama and Tennessee already marked off of his checklist, Brentwood, TN OT Alex Bullard headed north last Thursday to check in on the University of Michigan, and the 6-4, 275-pounder didn’t come away disappointed.
“It was good,” Bullard reported. “I spent time with Coach Frey, Coach Dews, and then Coach Rodriguez. They showed me around campus a little bit and told me a little bit about what they’re about. They introduced me to the strength coach (Mike Barwis). He’s a really cool guy. He showed me what he does with the players, what type of lifts they do, and what type of conditioning they do. (Michigan) was pretty much what I expected. The campus looks nice. I just wanted to go up there and get a feel for being on campus.”
Bullard followed up his time in Ann Arbor with a strong visit to Notre Dame… leaving open the question, how does Michigan stack up to the other schools he has visited?
“They were unique in their own way,” responded Bullard. “All of the colleges are stronger in some areas than others. Each college has its positives and negatives. I was really impressed by how (Michigan is) building new facilities and things like that. I gathered all of the information on them that I needed.”
Among that information was further clarity on how the coaching staff would utilize him should he choose the Maize & Blue.
“They said that they think I’m more naturally an interior player, but they said I’m athletic enough to play them all,” said Bullard. “(The position) would be where I feel comfortable at first, and then they’d move me around depending on where I could help the team the most and be the most successful.”
Now that each of the programs has made what appears to be their final in-person pitches, the waiting game for Bullard’s decision has officially commenced.
“There will be no other visits,” he said. “I feel that I have all of the information on the schools that I could see myself at, so I just have to weigh the pros and cons and pray about it. Basically it will come down to the college I feel most comfortable at and the college that long term will give me the most success. A college decision is a life changing choice and I just want to make sure that I make the right one. Whenever I feel like I’ve made the right decision and I want to stick with it... that’s when I’ll (commit). It could be at the end of the summer or at the end of the football season. I really don’t know yet.”