Bullough talks Wisconsin Offer

St. Francis (Mich.) athlete Riley Bullough has the opportunity to become the next Spartan in his family tree, but schools like Iowa and Wisconsin are making it difficult to keep that legacy going.

MADISON – The conversations around the Bullough dinner table are always fun and supportive, but the topic of whether or not Riley Bullough will to or wants to follow the family's footsteps is the big conundrum.

On one hand, Bullough's family is full of former Michigan State athletes. Bullough's father, Shane, was a linebacker for the Spartans, his older brother, Max, will be a sophomore linebacker at MSU in the fall, his grandfather, Hank, played guard and then coached in East Lansing and several uncles in his family also played for the Spartans.

On the other hand, the chance to forge his own path and play against his brother is something the St. Francis (Mich.) athlete is certainly considering.

"Max has great advice to give me about the recruiting process and my family and I talk about this all the time in conversation of playing against or with each other," Bullough told Badger Nation. "My whole family is just real supportive of me going to any school. They just want me to keep my options open, which is really nice."

That decision gets harder and harder every week, just as it did after last weekend's visit to Wisconsin when he was extended his third Big Ten scholarship offer.

"It was awesome (to get that offer)," Bullough said. "It was great."

The offer came about after recruiting contact and wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander and him and forged a relationship over the phone for the past several months. Putting together a spring schedule of what schools popped into his mind that he wanted to visit, one of his top destinations was Madison.

"I've always liked everything about their school and the football program," Bullough said.

Attending the scrimmage Saturday, Bullough (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and his father were impressed with the facilities, Camp Randall Stadium and the intensity, up-tempo scrimmage and the town, including stopping at a downtown barbecue place for ‘probably some of the best barbecue I've ever had' on Friday. Meeting with Bret Bielema for approximately a half hour, the UW head coach extended a scholarship offer, something that trumped the BBQ .

"I don't visit anyone expecting to get an offer," Bullough said. "I am really fortunate to be able to go there on a visit and get an offer from them because it's a real place of tradition. I am glad the coaching staff thought that highly of me to give me an offer.

"I think going there to visit is just the start of a great relationship with me and Coach Bielema and Coach Alexander."

The Wisconsin offer joins four other offers, including his first one from Iowa and Michigan State, Cincinnati and Western Michigan. Bullough says Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin are his top three because they ‘all have something unique to offer.' Bullough mentioned Notre Dame as a school showing interest and a possible interest, but is being recruited strictly as a safety, a position that he doesn't play and doesn't have film on.

"The coaches say it's hard to convince Coach Kelly to offer me because I don't play the position he wants me for," Bullough said. "They want to come up in the next couple months and watch me work out, do some secondary drills to see if I can move my hips and play the ball to fit in as a safety there."

Lead the team to the state title as a sophomore quarterback and into the playoffs last season, Bullough passed for 654 yards and six touchdowns. He's being recruited as an outside linebacker by Wisconsin.

"We have a great coaching staff that is always helping us to get better," Bullough said. "It helped me put together a pretty good film that has impressed these college coaches. All those things put together have helped me get where I am."

Having visited his three favorites and Notre Dame over the past week, Bullough, other than a trip or two to Michigan State to watch his brother practice, plans no more visits and would like to commit before the start of the summer camp circuit.

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