Notre Dame Gets A Verbal From Bullard

Last Saturday, the rental car hadn't even left Notre Dame's campus yet, when Alex Bullard turned to his father and told him he thought he made up his mind on what college to attend.

The four-star offensive lineman was thinking Notre Dame.

"He said think about it for a couple days, and we'll go home and talk as a family," Alex Bullard said. "That's what we did."

And nothing changed.

At a press conference in his hometown this morning, the Brentwood, Tenn., product verbally committed to Notre Dame, choosing the Irish over the in-state Vols, Alabama and Michigan. Bullard was sporting around 20 scholarship offers.

"I knew it was the place when I was riding around on campus," the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Brentwood Academy standout said. He also visited Notre Dame in late April for the spring game.

"Just being up there. I had a great feeling for it, and I feel like that's where I want to be. People I was talking to up there were really nice. The one thing that got me is the environment there. It's a small-student population, and for me I learn better in a condensed place with smaller classrooms, less students and things like that. The people there are incredible. I met the athletic director who is now at Duke and the president of the university and Charlie Weis, and they all treated me well."

Though Bullard went public with his decision today, he called coach Weis and told him on Wednesday.

"He was just excited I'm coming on board, and coach (John) Latina and coach (Mike) Haywood were also excited that I'm coming on board," Bullard said. "First they were happy for me, and then happy for the program."

Bullard's father Louis played offensive tackle in the NFL. The position in the trenches his son will play at Notre Dame is up in the air. He plays tackle at Brentwood.

"It's a wait and see kind of thing, to see what I grow into," Bullard said. "I haven't got an answer to that. They said I could play tackle with my athleticism, but with my size, I'm more like a guard now. It's going to be a thing where we see what I grow into."

Bullard is really excited to be Irish, and to have the recruiting process be done with.

"The thing for me now is that 100 percent of the focus can be on Brentwood Academy and helping us win a state championship," Bullard said. "Initially, I wanted to wait until the end of the season, but I think it's in the best interest of my family and football team to get this over with now."

As for dealing with Tennessee fans.

"I'm not worried about that," Bullard laughed. "There are plenty of Notre Dame fans that live in Tennessee, and everywhere. And people are nice around here, and they'll respect my decision." Top Stories