February 1, 2011

Texas RB commits to Iowa

After making his official visit to the University of Iowa this past weekend, Damon Bullock was in a holding pattern waiting to find out if he would receive a scholarship. The Hawkeyes had told him they would get back to him and every free moment he had on Monday, he checked his phone hoping for a call.

That call came Monday afternoon when assistant coach Darrell Wilson reached out after track practice.

"Coach Ferentz had told me when I left that they felt really strongly about me. I was waiting all day for the call and checking my phone when I could. When I got out of track, Coach Wilson called and said, how serious are you about being a Hawkeye? I said real serious and then he said you've got the offer."

The Mansfield, Texas native didn't waste any time and committed on the spot.

"I was really excited. I told him I was coming right at that moment," Bullock said.

Bullock, who is 6-foot and 195 pounds, could project to a variety of positions, but Iowa has offered him as a running back.

"They told me they want me at running back, but I have played defense too, so I would be open to anything. I also returned kicks, played slot receiver, and played safety."

This past season he rushed for 1,606 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry for Mansfield High School.

Bullock wasn't getting a lot of attention on the recruiting front due to a broken collarbone in his junior year. Until Iowa started showing interest three weeks ago, his options were pretty limited and he was likely headed to a lower level FBS schools or perhaps to an FCS program. He plans on signing with Iowa on Wednesday morning at his high school.

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