Neutral For The Moment

The Notre Dame-Michigan State football game puts the Bullough side of the family, consisting of former Spartans players, and most of the Morse side of the family, with a couple Irish alums and one East Lansing grad, on different sides of the fence.

However, Max Bullough, a standout class of 2010 linebacker from Traverse City, Mich., stays neutral.

"It's crazy every time, it's always crazy," Bullough said. "I just hope for a good game. I like to watch it. I usually don't pick and choose sides for that one."

Soon, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound St. Francis Catholic standout is going to have to ultimately decide between the Irish and Spartans. Or, Bullough could go another route and choose a completely different program from his sure to be many scholarship offers.

So far, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Iowa have extended verbal scholarship offers after Bullough camped with each program. He'll officially pick up these written offers on Sept. 1st, the first day colleges can offer a junior prospect.

"I just want to go somewhere I have good relationship with the coaches, and a school that will fit my needs and make sure I'm comfortable there," Bullough explained. "Whatever pans out for me, my family will be happy."

Bullough's father Shane, and his uncle Charles both played at Michigan State. Charles now coaches at UCLA, where Bullough just received a letter from. His grandfather Henry Bullough, also played in East Lansing and went on to coach in the NFL as well as with the Spartans.

On the other side of the family, Jim Morse played halfback at Notre Dame during the 1950s, and was back in South Bend this spring as an honorary coach during the Blue-Gold game. His son, also named Jim played cornerback for the Irish in the 1970s. Robert Morse brought the family together. A running back for Michigan State in the 1980s, he introduced his buddy Shane to his sister, and soon the two football families combined.

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis used the family connection last week.

"Coach Weis called my grandpa because they can't contact me," Bullough began. "I'm too young. My grandpa called my dad and my dad called me.

"He said I just got off the phone with your grandpa, and Notre Dame decided to offer.

"I was like seriously," Bullough continued. "I didn't know. I didn't think they'd do it now, if ever. I was surprised. He just said they decided to pull the trigger. He said they thought about it and had a meeting."

Bullough worked out for linebackers coach Jon Tenuta at the Irish football camp earlier this month, and proved he was the type of player they want to bring into the fold.

In helping St. Francis to a 12-2 record and a spot in the state title game last fall, Bullough racked up 147 tackles with 24 of those coming for loss. The middle linebacker reports a 305-pound bench press and a 430-pound squat, and has a GPA of 3.9.

"I think that it's physical," Bullough stated about what college coaches like about his play. "I look the coaches in the eye when I'm talking to them, and I hope I can bring what they're looking for."

Notre Dame certainly thinks so, and the program has a lot of the things Bullough is looking for.

"I've been coming there since I was six, seven, eight years old," he said. "I've been coming to games my whole life. It's great. Notre Dame is one of the best in the country. I've been there my whole life, it's one of my favorites."

Obviously, so is Michigan State.

"I know that place like the back of my hand. It's a great campus and I love it."

Before Bullough knows it, he might have to decide which program he loves more. Top Stories