Vols land kicker

Derek Dooley and the Tennessee coaching staff have landed their specialist for the 2012 class. Read as InsideTennessee.com brings you all the latest in Volunteers recruiting.

Derek Dooley and the Tennessee Volunteers collected their 12 commitment of the 2012 class with Knoxville native George Bullock.

Bullock, a West High School kicker, makes the first specialist of the 2012 class.

"I went to two different kicking camps at Tennessee over the summer," said Bullock. "The first one was in June and the second one was a couple of weeks ago. My family and I met with coach Dooley yesterday afternoon, which is when he offered me."

"Growing up I was always a Tennessee fan," he said. "I live in Knoxville, growing up watching Tennessee and always cheering for the Volunteers. When Dooley offered me the scholarship it didn't take me long to commit. I knew that was always where I wanted to be."

Derek Dooley and the Volunteer coaching staff has everything that the Knoxville native was looking for.

"They offer great football, facilities, I can't think of a better coaching staff to play for and all the rich tradition that surrounds Tennessee football," he said.

As a junior, Bullock was 35 of 38 kicking extra points and 7 of 16 kicking field goals. He also kicked the ball through the end zone on kickoffs 82 percent of the time. Bullock says he already has the length, but it is time to kick for the stars.

"Something I am trying to work on right now is trying to get better height and hang time on my kickoffs," he said. "I feel like right now I have good distance, but I want to add more time to them. I am also trying to work on punting so I can hopefully become a threat there as well."

Bullock, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect, claims All-State 5A Kicker 2010 KOC Kickoff Champion status. West reached the semifinals of the TSSAA Class 5A state playoffs in 2010. It lost 7-0 to eventual state champion Columbia Central.

"Last year we went to the semi-finals of state and I feel that if we work hard, take it one week at a time and stay focused that we can go back," he said. "We had a lot of team chemistry last year and I think that will carry over to this year as well."

Bullock, who carries a 3.5 core GPA, will enroll in the summer of 2012 and hopes to compete with current kicker Michael Palardy.

"Hopefully I will be competing for kickoffs and field goals," he said. "Coach Dooley just told me to keep doing what I am doing, working with my kicking coach and hopefully if I do that I will have a chance to compete."

Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy has battled injuries since arriving to campus last summer as a U.S. Army All-American out of Coral Springs, Fla.

As a freshman, he was 5 for 7 on field goal attempts with a long of 39 yards. He was 13 for 14 on PATs. He kicked off 45 times, booting three out of bounds without a touchback.

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