Bullitt Aims to Impress

S Terrence Bullitt, out of Naaman Forest in Garland, made a big splash on the recruiting scene and has offers from a number of Big 12 schools. The Red Raiders were the first to offer, which made a favorable impression on Bullitt. Scout.com spoke with the talented prospect to find out which schools he favors and how recruiting is going.

Terrence Bullitt, the 6-foot-3, 181 pound three-star safety from Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas, finished his junior season with 95 tackles, two fumbles recovered, two fumbles caused and one interception. His team made it to the second round of the playoffs, finishing with a 9-3 record.

"I can tackle well and I cover good too," Bullitt said. "I run to the ball hard and am very physical. I play tough, but I want to improve my man-to-man coverage and technique." Bullitt comes from a football family as his father, Jerry Bullitt, played linebacker for Texas A&M and his brother, Melvin Bullitt, played safety for the Aggies (and now plays for the Indianapolis Colts). Is Terrence the next Bullitt for A&M? Perhaps, but the Aggies haven't even offered him yet.

"I like A&M because my dad went there and my brother," he said. "I'm pretty familiar with them because I've been there a lot and I really like Kyle Field on game day. It's an amazing atmosphere.

"But I was never a diehard fan of A&M," Bullitt stated flatly. "I watched a lot of teams and I'm not going to go there just because they did. They both like A&M and have good things to say, but they aren't telling me to go there."

But coming from a football family does have its advantages. "I started playing football when I was five," he said. "My dad and brother really helped me a lot. I learned a lot from them. The best thing they taught me was to always run to the ball. On every play, never stop running to the ball.

"They also told me to relax and be patient (during recruiting)," he said. "They told me not to rush anything."

The Aggies are only three hours away, but Bullitt says that distance doesn't matter.

Although Bullitt denies a favorite, he likes A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame. The Aggies and Sooners haven't offered yet, but Wisconsin, Arizona, Kansas, SMU and Rice, among others, have.

The first school to offer Bullitt was Texas Tech in March, and the Red Raiders are recruiting him the hardest. "Coach Lincoln Riley (inside receivers) emails me a lot," he said. "I call him a bit too and I have a really good relationship with him. So far he's probably the coach that I've gotten to know the most.

"He told me that they are graduating like six safeties and that I'd have a chance to play early."

Another coach that Bullitt says he really likes is Oklahoma's defensive back coach Bobby Jack Wright. "He's a fun guy and Oklahoma is a real nice place. I like how hard they practice. Their practices are really fast. A lot faster than high school."

Despite Bullitt's fondess for the Sooners, he thinks his chances of getting a scholarship from Bob Stoops are not high. "They have like three commitments at safety already, so I'm not sure about them."

One school he is sure about is Notre Dame. "They have great tradition," he said. "They are a winning program that is on its way back. They always get the top players and I like the coaches too," he said. "I've spoken with coach Charlie Weis and coach Rob Ianello and a few other assistants and they told me that I'd be a great fit for their defense."

Bullitt says he isn't sure whether or not he'll attend any camps this summer, but hopes to take unofficial visits.

He says the three things he's looking for in a program are academics, coaching staff and comfort.

"I like coaches that are laid-back and that I can get along with," he said. "I just want to feel at home. I'm gonna start narrowing things down during the summer. If I feel comfortable with a school I'll commit at the end of summer. If not, I'll do it after the season. I won't do anything during our season though because I want to stay focused."

Bullitt reports a 2.7 core GPA and is awaiting his SAT results.

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