Pullard into Next Recruiting Phase

The #3-ranked middle linebacker in the nation, Los Angeles Crenshaw's Hayes Pullard, is going through his next phase of recruiting. Having amassed scholarship offers, now he's going to the camps of the programs he currently favors...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw linebacker Hayes Pullard (6-2, 200), the top linebacker in California, is continuing to amass scholarship offers.

But Pullard doesn't want things to be rushed, so he's taking a more deliberate approach.

"Right now, I'm just sitting back, seeing what teams are offering, and working on getting a good relationship with the coaches," said Pullard. "I'm doing my research, looking at things like graduation rates."

Crenshaw was a busy place during the spring, with Pullard firing off a who's-who of colleges coming by the campus.

"Man, we had coaches from Colorado, UCLA, Arizona State, Stanford, Oregon, Tennessee, Arizona, Florida, Notre Dame, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Nebraska and USC all come by," said Pullard. "It was pretty crazy."

Pullard said that, while a great deal of the attention he's getting is from west-coast schools, couple schools from out-of-state have picked up their attention.

"Notre Dame offered me over the phone and they said an offer would be coming in the mail," said Pullard. "Florida is the only school I really like that hasn't offered me, but they haven't seen my tape yet. So I'm getting that sent off to them."

Pullard said most schools are recruiting him aggressively but a few have stood out in how hard they're recruiting him.

"It's a tie between five schools: USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Florida and Washington," said Pullard.

So it's no surprise that those five are part of his top seven, joined by Arizona and Notre Dame. "Those are the schools that have been kind of standing out to me right now," said Pullard.

Stanford just missed the cut, but the Cardinal offer to Pullard was very rewarding.

"Yeah, I really appreciated that offer because it shows that you're doing good education-wise, and in football," said Pullard. "Student-athlete wise, really nothing is better."

Pullard is planning to participate in quite a few camps over the next month. "This Saturday I'll be at the UCLA 1-Day Camp, then I'm pretty sure I'm going to the USC Rising Stars Camp and the B2G Elite Camp," said Pullard. "There is a 90% chance I'm going to the Florida camp. My mom and I will talk this weekend about the other camps."

Pullard said that most schools have offered him as an athlete, since he doubles as a pretty talented running back. So at the camps he's attending, he's trying both sides. "At the camps, one session I'll do offense, one session I'll do defense," said Pullard. "I really like both sides. I'm passionate about both positions."

At 6-2, Pullard said his doctor thinks he's still growing. "My doctor told me I'm supposed to grow to 6-3.5, 6-4," said Pullard. "So if I stay on defense, I'll most likely stay in the middle."

Pullard said he has his family's full support with whatever he chooses. "They're open with wherever I want to decide," said Pullard. "The big thing for me depends on the education and if I'll have a chance to play on the next level."

Pullard anticipates making his decision later in the process. "It will be around January or February, towards the end," said Pullard. "It will be after I take my visits."

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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