Bullard On A Mission

Last month DeaconSports caught up with Marcus Bullard, the talented linebacker and rising senior from Columbia (SC) Spring Valley. Wake Forest was the first school to offer a scholarship to Bullard and Furman recently became the second after the young man impressed at the Paladins' camp.

Though plenty of other schools are monitoring Marcus Bullard's progress, Wake Forest has had a long time to build a relationship with him and make their case.

Last month Bullard camped at Wake Forest and he told DeaconSports afterward that the experience was a very positive one. Now that we're into July he still only has good things to say about Wake Forest.

"I talk to the coach often," Bullard said, referring to the coaches at Wake Forest. "The head coach has talked to me one time. We talked for a little bit. I get up with them every now and then.

"Wake Forest is a great school. My major is business and I'm hoping to go to school and get into a good business program. I've got to get that degree in case I don't pursue the next level of football. They're a really good school.

"The campus isn't too big but it's not too small either. It's right in the middle and that's what I'm looking for. You don't have to worry about getting in trouble but there's stuff to do."

Bullard has camped at several other schools this summer, and though Furman is the only to offer him after he performed, plenty of schools in the ACC and SEC will be tracking his progress in the coming months. While he's satisfied with his offers from Wake Forest and Furman everyone knows more offers equal more opportunities, and Bullard is hoping to pick a few more up before he makes his decision.

Most importantly, he knows he has to gain some weight if some schools are going to give him a chance. That's why he's on a personal mission to improve his size.

"My weight is a concern," he said. "I'm at 195 and I need to get to 200 or 205. Maryland said they're going to come back during my senior season to see my progress. Other schools have said the same thing. I was kind of light last year at 185, so I'm just trying to get bigger.

"I got my first look from Clemson at defensive end my sophomore year. Then I switched to linebacker because we ran the 3-4, and I started getting recruited for outside linebacker."

Last fall Bullard registered 98 tackles and two sacks from his linebacker position.

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