In-State Prize in Demand

As Tennessee's efforts to keep Brentwood Academy offensive tackle Alex Bullard in the Volunteer State show no signs of abating, the competition for his services gets tougher by the day.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound, honor student and son of a former NFL offensive lineman, Bullard has seen a decided up tick in his stock since being named to Scout.com's top 300 list.

"It's going really good," he said of the recruiting process I've got 18 offers right now. Oklahoma is the last to offer me. They offered me last night (Monday)."

The offer from the Sooners followed offers from Notre Dame, Michigan and Florida, joining an already formidable group of suitors that Alex Bullard can name without hesitation.

"I also have offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Illinois, N.C. State and Connecticut," he said. "I'm going to wait until after the season to decide. Tennessee is definitely a strong contender. I hear a lot from their coaches."

Bullard has been very busy this spring, taking visits to Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and a couple of trips to Knoxville. He plans to be home for a while and expects to have coaches visit him or at least stop by to watch practice.

"We started spring practice yesterday," he said. "A Vanderbilt coach came out to practice yesterday. I don't have any plans to go to camps or combines as of right now."

A four-star prospect ranked No. 25 among offensive lineman and No. 283 overall by Scout.com, Bullard runs a 4.98 in the 40, bench presses 330 pounds and boasts a 26-inch vertical. He recorded 55 pancake blocks as a junior and graded out at 92 percent. An athletic lineman, Bullard could play any position on the line of scrimmage at the next level.

That makes him valuable to any program that signs him, but no school has more of a vested interest than Tennessee.

Editor's Note: Be sure to check the next issue of Rocky Top News for an in-depth feature on Alex Bullard.


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