February 1, 2011

Bullough talks about Spartan offer

This past weekend Riley Bullough picked up a scholarship offered from Michigan State University. The scholarship was his second of what will surely be many BCS scholarship offers. SpartanMag.com spoke with Bullough about his recruitment.

As many know, Bullough has several generations of family ties to Michigan State University and the Spartan football program. We asked him what it means to get an offer from the schools where his grandfather, father and now brother currently plays.

“It means a lot to me,” he said. “It is weird to think that all my relatives were once in the position that I am in right now. But it is special to somewhat be a part of that tradition that our Bullough family has at Michigan State.”

Bullough has attended junior days at Iowa and Michigan State. At each location he picked up a scholarship offer. He plans on visiting more schools this spring. We asked him what he is looking for in a school to help him make his college choice.

“Well I think my biggest thing is the coaching staff,” Bullough said. “They are the people who I am going be with on a daily basis, and they are the ones who are going to be trying to make me a better football player.”

Bullough already knows the Spartan staff pretty well due to being around the program so often. What he doesn’t know is who would be his position coach if he came to Michigan State, Mike Tressel or Harlon Barnett. That is because it is still somewhat unclear what position he will play at the next level. Based on his size right now (6-foot-2, 195-pounds), he could project as a safety. However, if he continues to grow and ends up in the 220-pound range, look for him to be an outside linebacker.

“I really don’t know yet, what position I will play in college,” he said. “It depends on how big I get in the next year or so. It doesn’t matter to me what position I play, I just want to be able to get on the field as soon as I can.”

This past fall Traverse City Saint Francis had a season that by most standards would be considered a success, but when you have played in the state championship game 4 out of the last 5 years, the bar is set very high. The Gladiators had to deal with a host of injuries to key players last fall and Bullough indicated that he is looking forward to his senior season.

“I think next year we will have a lot of senior leadership, which will help us, especially in the playoffs. We have a lot of young guys who are going to have to step up and be an important part of the team. But we have a lot to look forward to. I think we will have a great chance to go deep into the playoffs,” Bullough said.

With so many family ties to college football and understanding the recruiting process, don’t expect Bullough to drag the process out. He understands the value of knowing where he will be playing his college football and concentrating on winning a state championship. We asked him about his timetable.

“I know, I want to make my decision before our football season starts,” he said “But I am not exactly sure what date or anything like that yet.”

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow Bullough’s recruitment over the next few months. Rivals.com has not come out with any recruiting rankings, but Bullough is a shoe-in to be one of the top 10 players in Michigan for the class of 2012. His ability along with the intangibles make him prospect that will have a great chance to see the playing field early at the next level.

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