Pullard Getting Pursued Early

One of the best prospects in the 2010 class in the west is Los Angeles Crenshaw linebacker Hayes Pullard. The 6-1, 210-pounder has three Pac-10 offers and said two programs in that conference are recruiting him the hardest...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw linebacker Hayes Pullard (6-1, 210) is the top linebacker in the City Section and may be one of the best defensive prospects overall in the West in the class of 2010.

We first saw Pullard when he was a sophomore, with a monster game against Compton Dominguez, where he out-performed the Simmons brothers.

Now, Pullard is becoming one of the elite linebacker prospects in California, and three schools have extended scholarship offers to him.

"I have three offers, from UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona," said Pullard. "USC and Oregon, they are just looking at my grades right now and Oregon is asking for my film."

Pullard, the fan of college football, who has no previous ties to the Southeast, is looking at a trio of SEC schools. "I like Florida, Georgia and LSU and I'm hearing from each of them," said Pullard. "I like SEC football a lot."

Two Pac-10 programs are putting in the most time and effort with Pullard. "Right now it's between UCLA and Arizona State who's recruiting me the hardest," said Pullard. "They're really the ones I hear from the most. UCLA, because they're closer, and I've been up to their games and to their practices. And Arizona State because of Coach Yarbs (Eric Yarber). I'm sure once the season starts, I think USC will start to talk to me some more."

Pullard said that with Crenshaw alum Eric Yarber now coaching at Arizona State, and his former teammates Clint Floyd and Kemonte Bateman signing with Arizona State, the Sun Devils have made him a priority.

"Clint is telling me all the time how the program is going up and so I should really look at them more," said Pullard.

Meanwhile, UCLA, which has recruited well at Crenshaw historically, has also been in on him for a while, offering him back on September 1st, the first day juniors could get offered.

"Coach Rick Neuheisel is recruiting me, but I talk with Coach (Todd) Howard some too," said Pullard.

Despite being an elite linebacker, Pullard said he isn't shutting the door on playing running back at the next level. "Everyone has offered me as an athlete, to be honest," said Pullard. "I'm equal at both. This year, running back was where I got to play a lot. I love both of those positions. I love the ball in my hands, but I also love to hit. I haven't decided which side I want to play on."

But Pullard admits that linebacker is the more likely of the two spots where he'll end up in college. And he's open to playing any spot at linebacker.

"I still haven't even decided about that, but schools are telling me since I've got the speed to go sideline to sideline, I will play in the middle," said Pullard. "But if I needed to play outside to help the team, I'd make that move."

Pullard isn't in a rush to make a decision on where he'll spend his college future. He said: "I'm going to go through the process and let it get through before I decide. I want to take all five of my visits. And I'm pretty much open to where I'll go. I'd like to stay in the state but there may be a good opportunity for me to go somewhere else."

Pullard will be busy in the spring with camps and combines. He'll be at the Scout/Badger 7-on-7 Passing Tournament in Las Vegas next weekend, then camps at USC and UCLA as well as the B2G Elite Program in Los Angeles.

During his junior year, Pullard earned First Team All-State Underclass Honors and All-City Section selection after recording 120 tackles, 22 for loss, six sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception. Offensively, he ran for 938 yards, had 400 yards receiving and scored 11 touchdowns.

Academically, he's all squared, with a 3.4 GPA and a 1300 on the SAT.

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