By Keith McGonigle.
The Tigers defense will look a lot different this year without All-American Da’Quan Bowers terrorizing quarterbacks. This loss is only worsened by the fact that the Tigers were only able to land one true defensive end in the 2011 class in Roderick Byers, and missed out on a lot of other top defensive end talent. One priority for the 2012 class has to be adding guys that can rush the passer. Jonathan Bullard has been listed as a defensive tackle by many recruiting sites but his best fit may be end.
“I have been playing end in high school, lasts year I had 107 tackles 26 for loss and 16 sacks. As far as I know, everyone that I have been talking says they are recruiting me as a defensive end.” Said Bullard, “I would prefer to play defensive end at the next level, but if I get to a school and they want to switch me to defensive tackle I would do it,” said Bullard.
The Crest High School (NC) stand out says that the whole recruiting process has been going well.
“It’s been going pretty well, I would say on the average day I get 15 letters and probably about 2-3 calls from media people.” Said Bullard, how about scholarships? “I’ve gotten 7 offers so far. I would say Clemson and Florida has been recruiting me the hardest,” said Bullard.
The Crest standout does not claim any early favorites.
“It’s wide open right now,” replied Bullard.
What does the 6’3” 245 lbs. lineman think of Clemson?
“I visited Clemson about a week or two ago. It was a good experience, my mom went with me, and I got to talk with Coach Sweeny. I had already been offered a scholarship by Clemson at that point, but Coach Sweeny said that he liked to offer people in person. After that we went to the basketball game, it was pretty fun. I liked how they talked about it being a big family, and that they made my mom feel welcome, it was just a good environment,” replied Bullard.
What are the most important factors in choosing a school?
“It’s really a bunch of factors. It’s going to be playing time, academics, seniors on the roster, coaching, who is recruiting me, etc. I also know that wherever you go there is going to be good players coming in and things like that, I am not afraid of competition,” said Bullard.
Bullard just finished up his basketball season and says he has been working with the track team trying to get faster and stronger.