Bullard Down to Three

Jonathan Bullard played his last football game for Crest High School Friday night. The four-star defensive lineman will now play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the US Army All-American Bowl. One of the top uncommitted prospects in America, Bullard, will also make his college choice in the next few weeks.

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Crest High School finished the season as the state runner-up in the 3AA classification. Although the Chargers did not win a state championship, Jonathan Bullard was able to remain positive.

"We had a great season, but it just didn't turn out our way this year," he said.

Bullard's team success was also accompanied by several individual accolades. The Crest standout was selected to participate in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the US Army All-American Bowl.

"It feels great, it is a big honor to be one of the top players in the nation," Bullard said. "It was something I didn't think I would accomplish, but it was a goal of mine. Fortunately, I was able to be selected and I am happy about that."

With the season over, Bullard will now also be able to focus more on recruiting.

"I am down to South Carolina, Clemson, and Florida," said Bullard. "I had home visits from all those schools this week and after the Shrine Bowl weekend I will make a commitment."

Each one of Bullard's recruiting coaches made the trip to Shelby.

"Coach Lawing from South Carolina, Coach Brooks from Clemson, and Coach Durkin from Florida all came," said Bullard

The All-American knows what he is looking for in a school.

"I am going to go where I feel at home, where they are going to push me for an education, and where I will have an opportunity for playing time," he said.

Crest head coach Mark Barnes shared the advice he has given Bullard.

"I told Jonathan Bullard this; he has it down to three good places," said Barnes. "I think all three are great places and I think he is going to make a good decision. My advice to Jon the whole time has been go where you want to go, don't go where anyone else wants you to go, don't go because anyone else is going there, and do not go because a coach is there."

The Chargers' coach also thinks Bullard has a chance to be a very special player.

"He is going to be a great player for somebody, his best days are well in front of him," Barnes said. "He is not nearly as good of a football player as he is going to end up being. I have coached a lot of good players, but Jon quite possibly will be the best player I have ever coached when he gets through. He has a lot of talent and raw ability."

In the end where does Bullard go? I would not count out any schools that he is considering. Over the past several months, I have spoken to him several times and he is reluctant to tip his hand. However, I think he will join his high school teammate and best friend Rhaheim Ledbetter at Florida. With that being said, he is an 18 year old kid who has three great schools to choose from. The Shrine Bowl is Saturday, December 17 and I expect Bullard to make a decision early the following week. Friday night was the first time I watched him live and he did not disappoint. Although his team lost, he finished the night with nine tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and recovered a fumble. Whether he becomes a Gamecock, Gator, or Tiger, Jonathan Bullard will challenge for playing time the day he steps on campus and eventually become a college superstar.

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