Alabama Prospect Garnering National Interest

It's the time of year when prospects are starting to bloom like buds on a tree in springtime and even more names are popping up across the radar. One particular prospect has shown up on a number of teams' boards and holds some interest in Nebraska, as well. Just who is this prospect and what does he bring to the table? Where does Nebraska fit into his plans?

Justin Bullard is a multi-talented individual.  Standing 6' 1" and weighing 180 pounds, the safety prospect out of Stanhope Elmore HS provides his team with a weapon that can be used on both sides of the ball.  Bullard is going to be utilized this upcoming season not only as his safety spot, but as a split end, tailback and even quarterback on option plays.  He runs a 4.5 40 yard dash, benches 240 pounds, squats 400 pounds and cleans 240 pounds.  He had 32 tackles and three interceptions during his junior campaign and was named to the All-County and All-Metro teams as a safety. 

He currently holds no offers, but is garnering interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Illinois, Clemson, Southern Miss, Georgia Tech, Georgia, MSU, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Duke and Florida Atlantic.  His current favorites include Alabama and Auburn, Georgia LSU and Tennessee.   Bullard will be camping at a Nike Camp and the MSL Combine along with Auburn, Vanderbilt and LSU camps if he can squeeze them in.  Bullard cites his strengths as being a ball hawk and always being in position to make a play.

Growing up in Alabama, Justin was exposed to the Crimson Tide early and often.  Growing up, he watched Shaun Alexander juke and jive his way through opposing defenses.  While he likes what he's hearing from the local schools, he has interest for some around the country as well.  He hasn't had any contact from Nebraska yet, and while the Cornhuskers are "little far from home, it's still Nebraska," he said.  Bullard stated that if Nebraska were to start a letter campaign, he'd definitely take note and listen. 

We spoke about some of the major factors that will be involved in Justin's final college choice and he said, "Distance is kind of big, also I want to look at if my position coach wants me or not.  Not just my defensive coordinator.  I also want coaching stability, not that they're going to be gone in the next two years."  Bullard is also starting to line up visits and make some decisions on where he'd like to travel.  "After I take my ACT, I think Tennessee wanted me to come on an unofficial visit, they were sending me about that.  If I can I'm going to look at LSU and Georgia," he said.  Bullard also mentioned that if he was free, he would be interested in visiting Nebraska's spring game next month.

When asked what about Nebraska attracts Justin, he said, "They're one of those big time prestige teams like Notre Dame, Penn State Alabama from back in the day.  They took a bit of a dive last year, but I expect them to come out pretty strong."  We'll continue to track Justin throughout the season and towards his eventual college choice

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