October 9, 2008

Bullough finds home in East Lansing

Michigan State got the recruiting class of 2010 off to a tremendous start earlier today when linebacker Max Bullough of Traverse City Saint Francis High School decided he would join the Spartan family. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Bullough selected Michigan State over an impressive list of early scholarship offers including schools like Notre Dame, Iowa, Stanford and UCLA.

The name Bullough is synonymous with Spartan football excellence. Max's father Shane was an All-American for Michigan State back on the Rose Bowl Championship team. His uncle Chuck was also a Spartan All-American linebacker, and his grandfather Hank played for the 1952 Rose Bowl team coached by Biggie Munn.

Though the decision by Bullough comes in what would be considered early, it is one in which a lot of research and thought went into. Bullough has spent the last few months visiting the schools that offered him a scholarship and developing rapport with the respective coaching staffs. In the end though, the chance to play for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and continue the family legacy was too attractive to turn down.

"I love all the schools that were recruiting me, they were all great schools," he said. "I visited Iowa this summer and have been to Notre Dame several times. When I went to the Iowa game (MSU Homecoming) this past weekend I just loved it. I just felt like Michigan State was home and where I should be. I came back and told my family I was going to make my commitment. They were kind of surprised. They know I don't do things without putting a lot of thought into it. I kind of always wanted to be a Spartan ever since I was little."

With strong family ties to Michigan State on one side of the family and Notre Dame on the other, was there any pressure to attend one school or another?

"No not at all," Bullough said. "My family was always just supportive and told me that the decision was mine and they would be happy no matter what I decide."

Bullough made the decision earlier this week and though word of his commitment was leaking out through various sources he told us he was not ready to make his commitment public until he had spoken with all the schools involved.

"I did not want schools to find out through other channels," he said. "I wanted to thank them and let them know that I appreciated them recruiting me."

What was the response of the Michigan State staff when you told them you were going to be a Spartan?

"I talked with Coach Tressel first and told him. Then I spoke with Coach Dantonio, Coach Narduzzi and Coach Staten. They were fired up and excited. I am the first commitment for the class of 2010, so that is cool."

Saint Francis High School is having another fine season. The Gladiators are 5-1, with the only loss coming by a score of 17-14 to undefeated Saginaw Nouvel. Bullough indicated that they hope to get back to the state championship game after losing to Mendon last year.

SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com has not come out with rankings for the class of 2010. With that said, Bullough will almost certainly be one of the top five players in the state of Michigan for next year. Very few 2010 players have any scholarship offers, let alone multiple BCS offers like the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Bullough.

SpartanMag.com has had the luxury of scouting Bullough at the Michigan State summer camp since he was in middle school. It did not take a recruiting expert to figure out that Bullough has the type of skills that should translate well at the next level. Throw in the fact that he also has great natural instincts and likes to play physical, and you have a player that should help Coach Dantonio bring championships back to East Lansing.

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