Bullard Booked For The Bend

Alex Bullard recited, "Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Illinois, N.C. State and Connecticut" with ease. Those are the 13 programs that have offered the Scout.com top-300 player a scholarship.

"I have a good memory," Bullard said. "I just keep them in my head."

This weekend, Alex Bullard would like to add another school to the memory bank.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman from Brentwood, Tenn., will be making his first-ever trip to Notre Dame. He and his father Louis, a former NFL offensive lineman himself, will arrive in South Bend on Friday, and will take in the Blue-Gold game on Saturday.

"Just to get a better feel for the Notre Dame, and find out what they're interest is in me," Bullard explained. "And get a look at the campus because I have never been there before, and to have a good time."

Bullard has been to Tennessee a couple times this spring, and also tripped to Alabama. He gets regular mail from Notre Dame including an invitation to this weekend's festivities, but has yet to talk with anyone on the coaching staff. He is hoping that changes beginning with the visit this weekend.

"Just because Notre Dame is a school I've always been interested in since I was a little boy," Bullard said. "It's a top program. It's a program I'd definitely look into if they do decide to offer me. We'll just see how it goes later on down the road."

This past fall at Brentwood Academy, Bullard played left tackle and had 55 pancakes and graded out at a 92 percent. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds, and bench presses 315 pounds. Though he has only played guard in one game because of an injury to a teammate, schools are recruiting him as a multi-positional player across the line of scrimmage.

"They like how athletic I am, and how smart I am," Bullard said. He has a 3.5 GPA. "I'll be able to pick things up quickly."

One thing Bullard isn't doing quickly is the recruiting process.

"It's still pretty early," he said. "I'm keeping an open mind right now.

"I'm looking for a place I feel fits me, and a solid academic program. Just a place I feel is at home. After the spring, is when I'll start cutting down the list on some schools. Then I'll probably have my top five by the end of summer, and we'll see how it goes after that."

With an offer, sounds like Notre Dame could find its way into the mix.

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