Simply put, SMU's depth at nose tackle is non-existent so it comes as no surprise that the coaching staff immediately responded to China Spring's Brian Pullen after he sent in his film.
Pullen, who earned first team all-district honors this season, hopes SMU's interest will turn into an offer before signing day.
"The coaches spoke me to me a few weeks ago so now I'm just waiting. I talked to Coach (Tam) Hollingshead, and he said Coach (Bert) Hill liked my film," Pullen said. "I got to talk to Coach Hill, and he said that I was definitely on their prospects list
"Coach Hill let me know that he was giving up my area and that Coach (Jason) Phillips would be getting back to me. I sent him an email but haven't heard back from him. I know they've been busy with the bowl and the holiday so I'll call him soon."
At China Spring, Pullen played both center and nose tackle but says his future is definitely on the defensive side of the ball. He explained SMU's 3-4 defense would be a perfect fit due to his 6-foot-1, 285-pound frame and his knowledge of the scheme.
Off the field, Pullen maintains a 2.8 GPA and is enamored by the school's prestigious academics. All of this has Pullen pondering a verbal commitment if he were in fact to pick up an offer.
"If SMU offered me, I would probably commit," he said. "I really like the school. I want to major in software engineering, and it would be a great opportunity for me. SMU has a good football team, and they slaughtered Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl. I'm just really impressed."
Pullen has spent some time researching SMU online but hopes to set up an official visit once he gets in contact with Phillips. At the moment, his only offer is from Division II Midwestern State. He will, however, be taking a visit to Baylor in coming weeks and also holds interest from North Texas.
What makes Pullen an intriguing prospect as the 2013 recruiting class rounds out is his brute strength. Last year, Pullen advanced to state in powerlifting as an alternate by posting impressive lifts in regionals- 400 bench, 550 deadlift and 650 squat.
After leading China Spring to the playoffs where they bowed out to eventual state champion Navasota, Pullen is contemplating doing powerlifting again this spring but might stick to the shot put in track and training for football. He currently runs a 5.0 and has a 23' vertical but plans on improving.
"I'm not sure if I'm going to do powerlifting, but I am going to do track," Pullen said. "I want to keep getting better for football. I'm a hard worker. I'm really quick on my feet, and I'm really strong. I'm pretty humble, and it's all about the team for me. I think I can bring all that to a school like SMU."
Pullen Patiently Waiting For Offer
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