Terrance Bullitt's Naaman Forest high head coach Bill Patterson, called his father and told him that Notre Dame is offering a scholarship.
"I started smiling," Bullitt said.
The 6-foot-2 ½, 181-pound safety from Garland, Texas has smiled big five other times for the same reason. Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Texas Tech have also extended full-rides to Bullitt. Oklahoma and Texas A&M, where his father Jerry and brother Melvin both played linebacker, could be getting close as well. The Aggies are actually recruiting the younger Bullitt as an outside linebacker.
Bullitt caught up with Notre Dame assistant coach Rob Ianello later that day.
"I called coach Ianello, and he said to call me tomorrow to talk to (head) coach (Charlie) Weis, that coach Weis had something good to tell me," Bullitt explained. "When I called him back, he hasn't been able to answer, so I keep trying to call.
"I call once or twice a day and leave a voicemail. I know they can't call back, but I tell them I called."
While Bullitt waits to talk with Weis, he is beginning to learn about the school.
"I know they're a good academic school," Bullitt said. He has a 2.7 GPA. "It's close to my brother who plays for the (Indianpolis) Colts, and they had a movie about them, Rudy."
Jerry Bullitt also played in the NFL, and Bullitt has another brother Bradlee, that began his college career at Baylor before transferring to West Texas A&M.
This past season, Bullitt helped Naaman Forest go 9-3 and advance to the second round of the state playoffs, the furthest in program history.
"We stepped it up this season," Bullitt stated. He had 95 tackles, nine pass breakups, one interception, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one tackle for loss. He was named Second-Team All-District.
"(Colleges) like how I close in on the ball, make tackles, hard hitting."
Bullitt runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. He can bench press 230 pounds, and squats 330 pounds. He has taken trips to Oklahoma and Rice. He is going to Texas A&M soon, and plans to camp at Oklahoma State and Texas Tech over the summer.
Bullitt wants to take at least a few official visits before making a college decision, and Notre Dame is definitely on the list.
"I want to visit them early," Bullitt said. "They'll probably be my first official.
"I'm just looking for a place I'll feel at home at, and then academics. Graduation rate."
Bullitt wasn't the only one smiling on Friday.
"He was real excited," Bullitt said of his father.