Linebacker Chase Bullock was once considered a heavy Virginia-lean. Things have changed a lot in recent weeks, and now the Durham (N.C.) Northern star has a new leader.
"Maryland is the team to beat," said Bullock. "I really think they're one of the nation's up-and-coming teams, and they're going to be around as long as Coach Friedgen is there. Their defense is what really impresses me. They've made a commitment to playing tough football with discipline, and I want to go to a place like that. They're my top choice for now."
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and has displayed great athletic ability in coverage as well as against the run. Several other schools are still in hot pursuit of Bullock.
"Virginia is still recruiting me really hard," he said. "Right now I think Maryland's overall football program is a little bit stronger, just because their defense has proven that it's going to be good year in and year out. But UVA is still in good hands.
"Clemson, South Carolina and Wake Forest are the three others I'm interested in. South Carolina and Clemson just have great fans and it would be nice to play in such a great environment on Saturdays. Wake Forest has a great coaching staff and they've gained a lot of respect. They're an in-state school too."
Bullock plans on participating in the Shrine Bowl in December, and has been a big reason why Northern Durham has posted an 11-1 record this year. On the year he recorded 130 tackles and 12 sacks, and several coaches in the area were amazed by his potential. Bullock still has official visits upcoming to Maryland (Dec. 5), Virginia (Jan. 16) and South Carolina (Jan. 23).