Recruiting: OSU A Longshot For Bulaga

You have to like the attitude of Brian Bulaga, a tight end/linebacker prospect from Marian (Central Catholic), Ill., which is one reason so many schools including Oklahoma State and running backs coach Curtis Luper have been recruiting the 6-5, 250-pounder. Bulaga says he is ready to move from tight end to play offensive line in college - a position most players in his shoes fight, diet, and beg and plead to continue playing.

"I'm going to play offensive line," said Bulaga. "I'm not to in to that (staying at a position where he can catch the ball). I want to play where I can do the best for the team. If they want me to put on weight, that is fine with me. If they want me to diet and play tight end, I'll do that too."

Most schools look at Bulaga as a future offensive lineman, and a good one. He is pretty good on defense too. Last season at defensive end he he had 90 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and four sacks. At tight end he had 11 receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown.

Iowa sure looks like the favorite to get Bulaga and he will go on an unofficial visit there this weekend with the idea he might commit.

"As of right now, Iowa is my favorite for sure," said Bulaga. "I had a good visit to Wisconsin and I really like them as well. Moving up is Nebraska as they have offered and they are a factor. I'm not 100 percent sure that I will commit. It is not set in stone and it will depend on how it goes this weekend. That Nebraska offer is big and I have a big interest there. Those are my top three. I'm going to end up at Iowa, Wisconsin or Nebraska."

Bulaga said he enjoyed hearing about Oklahoma State and talking with Luper, but Iowa has always been his favorite and Wisconsin and Nebraska are the likely red ribbon schools in this recruiting battle.

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