Bullough speaks highly of Irish

With ties to the Notre Dame program, safety Riley Bullough knows an Irish offer is a big deal. Irish Eyes spoke with the Michigan safety about his recent visit to South Bend.

With his offer list growing, Riley Bullough of Traverse City (MI) St. Francis High School recently visited Notre Dame. The Irish have not offered at this time, but with ties to the program Bullough hopes he can earn an offer in the coming weeks. How was the visit?

"On Monday, I visited Notre Dame," Bullough told Irish Eyes. "It was a great visit as I was able to watch practice, see all of the facilities and each lunch when I was there. It was a good time."

Not only does Bullough have ties to the Irish program, but also Michigan State a school where his brother is playing for now. How have both sides of the family been during talk of Notre Dame and Michigan State?

"I have family ties on both sides. However, the major thing is I have support from both sides to make what is the best choice for me. Everyone is being very helpful during the recruiting process and about any decision I may make."

While he has been on campus in the past, Monday's visit gave him more of a chance to see things he has never seen before.

"Growing up I have been to Notre Dame because of my grandpa and uncle. This time I was able to see the facilities for one of the first times out of the many times I have been there."

Bullough knows what makes Notre Dame special and what stood out during his visit.

"At Notre Dame it was not about anything I saw during my visit. It was what the coaches were talking about. The Notre Dame network is so special. If you go to Notre Dame, people are going to know who you are and that was really important and really stuck out to me."

"There are a lot of positives when you have a Notre Dame degree as it offers you so many options after you finish. Everyone is outstanding that is involved with the program. As for any negatives, Notre Dame is a smaller school and some people may not feel comfortable in such a small environment."

Soon Riley will have a chance to earn a Notre Dame offer after his talk with his recruiting coach Chuck Martin.

"Coach Martin and I are building a great relationship. He knows my high school head coach as they have coached together and I started talking with him awhile ago. On Monday we had about an hour conversation on where we are at and things like that."

So where does Riley stand with the Irish?

"Right now Notre Dame has not offered me. Coach Martin told me he is going to come up this spring and watch me workout. I play linebacker in high school and they are recruiting me as a safety. So they want to see if I can move my hips and if I have the foot speed to be a safety in college."

With his brother at Michigan State and Riley currently holding an offer from the Spartans, what would happen if the Irish offered?

"That would be a hard decision because Notre Dame is such a prestige's school and they recruit nationally. I know I would get a great education at both school and would have to look at the pros and cons at both schools and see what school fits me the best."

Irish Eyes will be checking back with Riley in the future as to the interest being shown by the Irish.

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