June 29, 2009

Wave haul in pair of commitments

It had been nearly two years since Tulane received a quarterback commitment.

Now, in the span of four days, the Green Wave added a pair of gunslingers to the class of 2010.

Monday morning, quarterback Taylor Bullock from Catholic High School in New Iberia, gave his pledge to the Tulane staff.

"Tulane was the leader all along for me," Bullock said. "There are so many things I like about the football program, the school and the coaches. I was getting a little pressed to make a decision and there just wasn't any doubt about whether or not I wanted to be a part of Tulane.

"So I just felt it was time to tell them."

He chose the Green Wave over offers from fellow in-state school Louisiana Tech, UL-Lafayette and UL-Monroe.

Credit belongs to offensive coordinator Dan Dodd and recruiting coordinator Doug Lichtenberger, who headed up Bullock's recruitment, offering the dual-threat back in February.

They came away impressed again when Bullock attended Tulane's one-day camp in Lafayette two weeks ago.

Bullock, who has run a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, said he threw for roughly 1,400 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, and rushed for around 450 yards and eight touchdowns.

He also recorded 50 tackles and five interceptions at safety, the preferred position of a few schools that had been in contact with him.

Tulane wants the 6-foot-2, 210 pound Bullock under center.

"I'm a pass-first kind of guy but I can definitely run it," Bullock said. "I think I fit well in the pro style offense and I think can get myself out of the pocket and make some plays on the run."

Tulane's 2010 class now features a pair of quarterbacks in Michael Strauss and Bullock. And just like Strauss, Bullock says he is willing to take a redshirt year and patiently approach the competition at quarterback.

If the roster stays in its current form, and both Strauss and Bullock sign, the Green Wave will have six quarterbacks in their stable.

"I am expecting to redshirt after talking with the coaches for a bit," Bullock said. "I understand what it takes to play quarterback at the college level and I know it's going to take some time to get used to the situation, so redshirting is a pretty likely option at this point."

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