Pullard sets first visit date

It appears the Huskies are planning to make a statement on September 5th when they play host to LSU. Not only will they be hoping for a positive outcome on the scoreboard, but they will also be hosting several of the top prospects on their recruiting board. The most recent to set up his visit for that weekend is Crenshaw (Los Angeles) LB Hayes Pullard...

"I'm coming up to Seattle on September 5th to check out the Washington game against LSU," Pullard told Dawgman.com. "That game will by off the charts because of ESPN being there and it's a night game and the first game of the season. I'm pumped up about going up there to check it all out and see what the school and the program have to offer."

Pullard has consistently maintained that Washington is squarely near the top of his list although many have speculated that he'll probably stay close to home and attend USC or UCLA, but the talented linebacker said that is just speculation.

"Those are great programs, but honestly they don't have an advantage over any other schools," Pullard said. "They might be closer to me, so I am more familiar with them, that might be an advantage, but there's something each of the schools that I'm looking at have to offer me that the other ones don't so that's why I wouldn't say any school has an advantage right now."

So what is it about Washington and what they possess that the other schools (USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida and Notre Dame) might not?

"The coaches there are great and the early playing time is really what sets them apart," Pullard said. "The staff there recruits as hard as anybody and they tell me spots are open and they want me to be a part of building things back up both on the defense and in the program overall.

"They have some talented players up there and for them to be 0-12 last year, the coaches are hungry and I'm hearing the players are hungry too. That tells me that they aren't really an 0-12 school, at least in their mindset, and that's how it all starts to come back."

Pullard has the speed and athleticism to play almost anywhere in the linebacking corps, but he said most schools are looking at him as a middle (MIK) linebacker prospect who can fly around and make plays all over the field.

"One thing I like to do is play with reckless abandon," Pullard said. "You look at the top players at the linebacker spot and you see guys who just fly to the ball and are aggressive. I play like that, but you also have to be smart and know when to break-down and make the play. Because if a back makes you miss because you didn't break down and he goes for 70 yards and a touchdown, all those big hits you made earlier don't mean anything."

Pullard said USC and UCLA will not get official visits because "I have already seen them plenty of times and know what they have to offer me" so he'll concentrate on the other four schools --Florida, Notre Dame, ASU and Arizona -- for his final four visits.

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