DE Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, NC has delayed the announcement of his college commitment until early January. Bullard had scheduled an announcement for Wednesday afternoon. “We sat down and he said he wasn’t sure,” Bullard’s high school coach Mark Barnes said Monday. “I said, John, take your time. Get with your family. You don’t have to worry about football. Get back to me when you get back from Christmas. He’s not going to talk to anybody and he’s not taking any questions. He’s just been overwhelmed. Time is on his side. He doesn’t have anything to rush about.” Barnes said he called Clemson, USC and Florida Monday and informed the recruiters of the delay. Barnes said Bullard will not announce a decision until he returns to school in early January.
Former USC signee DB Chris Payne of Columbia High has signed with Texas Tech Columbia High coach Kemper Amick said Tuesday. Payne played the last two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast JC. He also considered Michigan State, South Florida and Kentucky before deciding on the Red Raiders. He has completed his junior college academic work and will enroll at Tech in January.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin has scheduled two official visits for January. He goes to Marshall January 13th and to East Carolina the following week. These two schools along with Wake Forest compile his top three. “I’ve visited Wake Forest so many times I probably won’t take an official (visit) there,” he said. “Once I take these next two (visits), I’ll have a decision.” McLaughlin is coming off a Shrine Bowl appearance where he had the opportunity to go head-to-head with DE Jonathan Bullard. “He’s a really good player but he didn’t get any sacks on me,” McLaughlin said. “I felt really good about that.” His top three schools are even for his services and he plans to make his announcement shortly after his final visit.
everal players from the Dillon High program were in Columbia Sunday afternoon to watch the USC bowl practice. Highlighting the group was 2013 prospect OL DJ Park. Park holds offers from USC, Clemson, Auburn, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida, East Carolina, Tennessee, LSU and Virginia Tech. Park has been to USC several times before, and Sunday’s visit was to simply watch the team workout. “We just talked about how the players were looking,” Park said. He said he might try to visit Florida before the end of the year, and he has no other visits on his holiday agenda. Park said he has no favorites and has no preference about staying in state or leaving the state. “I’m just open on everything,” he said. He will make a decision in late May after his spring practice. Park has been invited to the Under Armour and US Army combines. He was joined on the visit by linebackers Joe Blue, Hishawn Blue and Damu Ford, and by Dillon’s defensive coordinator.
Junior QB Eddie Printz (6-4 200) of Marietta, GA recently put his services back on the recruiting market after de-committing from SMU. “Eddie committed really young,” Printz’s father said. USC quarterbacks coach GA Mangus was recruiting Printz at the time of his commitment last spring and has kept up his interest. “We’ve always maintained a great relationship with Mangus,” Mr. Printz said. “Eddie talked to him last week. We’re taking it slow.” Printz also is being recruited by Miami, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. His father said they will attend junior days at USC, Arkansas, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Miami and West Virginia. This season Printz passed for 3350 yards and 29 touchdowns.