January 17, 2011
Riley Bullough: The next in line
No name in Michigan is more synonymous with football excellence than that of Bullough. Michigan State has been fortunate enough to have several Bullough's play for the Green and White. In 2012, Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff will once again be looking to bring a Bullough into the Spartan family. Spartanmag.com caught up with Riley Bullough of Traverse City Saint Francis High school and got the latest details on his recruitment.
Bullough will be one of the top prospects in Michigan for the class of 2012. As many know, his brother Max is a linebacker for the Spartans and will likely take over for All-American Greg Jones come next fall. Riley Bullough is not as big as Max, but he is by all accounts faster and even more athletic than his big brother.
This past weekend, Bullough traveled to Iowa City to check out the Iowa Hawkeye program. The Hawkeye program is very familiar with the Bullough family as Coaches Norm and Phil Parker are family friends. While at Iowa, the Hawkeyes extend a verbal scholarship offer to Bullough. SpartanMag.com asked Bullough about the visit and scholarship.
"Iowa was great, Bullough said. I loved it. I've never been there before so it was cool to see the stadium and all the facilities. I was very impressed with the coaching staff, and when Coach Ferentz offered me it was such an honor. I was very excited and I look forward to getting back there as soon as I can."
The offer to Bullough will likely be the first of many. As anyone who has seen his highlight film knows, Riley is on the mold of many of his family members in that he is simply a "football player". SpartanMag.com asked him about other schools that have been in contact with him and possible junior day visits.
"Well I've been in contact with Michigan State, Central Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami of Ohio, and Missouri," Bullough stated. "I plan on going to junior days at most of those schools, but I have to plan around my basketball season so I am not for sure yet."
As some may know from following the recruitment of his brother, Riley and Max have some strong connections to the Notre Dame program on their mother's side of the family. Of course Central Michigan is coached by Dan Enos who played at Michigan State with Riley's uncle Chuck while at Michigan State.
Bullough has excelled on both sides of the ball at Saint Francis and initially there was some talk about him possibly playing quarterback at the next level. However, as of right now it looks as if defense is where Riley will make his mark at the next level. SpartanMag.com asked him about that.
Honestly I will play anywhere, and right now many of the colleges I've been talking to have seen me as either a safety or linebacker. They are just waiting to see how I develop physically over the next year. I plan on playing outside linebacker for this upcoming season, but I will have to wait and see how much I grow over the next year to see what happens for college.
SpartanMag.com asked Bullough what his current height and weight. Obviously Bullough is very familiar with Michigan State University. The fact that his father Shane Bullough is a former all-American at Michigan State and his brother is there means he knows about as much as anyone about the program. We asked him about his thoughts about the current staff and his thought about the future.
"I am 6'2" and 195 lbs, he said. "I think Michigan State had a great year this year, and obviously I know the coaching staff and some players really well so it's been cool to see them do well this year. I think Coach Dantonio does a great job with the players and I look forward to seeing Max play next year and seeing if they can be as successful or even better in the 2011 season."
Just as with max, SpartanMag.com has been able to watch Riley develop over the years by seeing him at the Spartan summer camp. There is little doubt in our mind that he will be an excellent player at the next level.
Many will assume that Michigan State has an inside track with Bullough due to the family connections. While that may be the case, we will say this, Riley will not get any pressure from his father or brother to attend Michigan State. If Riley ends up playing with his brother again, it will be because he feels Michigan State is the best place for him, not due to any external factors.
Bullough's recruitment will likely not be one that is full of drama. Look for him to pick up additional offers throughout the spring and possible the summer. He will probably like to make a d
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