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Poullard picks up Big 12 offer

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Brenham (Texas) Blinn College is loaded with prospects once again. The Buccaneer program has been one of the top junior college teams over the past five years and college coaches have made their way to the small-town campus.
The latest prospect at the school to receive attention is cornerback Maurice Poullard. The former Pasadena (Texas) Dobie standout was a one-time UTEP commit in high school and he recently pulled in a Big 12 offer.
"I talked to coach (Kenith) Pope at Iowa State and he offered me," the 5-foot-10, 183-pound Poullard said. "I've talked to him since then but I talked to him two weeks ago and he said they liked my film and they were offering me.
"As a matter of fact I'm supposed to be calling him again (Thursday). The defensive coordinator is supposed to be back from vacation or something like that. The head coach and cornerback coach liked my film but I haven't talked to the defensive coordinator yet."
The Cyclones are working to get Poullard as well as some of his teammates to Ames for an official visit.
"Our off week, they have a game out of town so I can't do my official visit that weekend," he said. "Our first game against Fort Scott is on a Thursday so they're talking about bringing me and some teammates up there that Friday. They want to bring me, Ken Smith, Eddie Porter and Ishmail Hayes all up there that weekend."
In addition to Iowa State, Poullard has been in contact with several other programs as well.
"I've been talking to quite a few schools," he said. "I've talked to coach (Melvin) Smith from Mississippi State. Coach (Morgan) Scalley from Utah, the coach from Ole Miss and (Texas) A&M. A&M, Ole Miss and Mississippi State all say they like my film but, since I only played five games last year, they're going to be watching me the first half of this year to see if they're going to offer. My first couple of games this year are going to dictate the offers I'm going to get."
Poullard says he remains open to all suitors but does admit that a pair of in-state programs have caught his attention.
"Not really; I don't have much of a preference right now," he said. "Baylor, I've only talked to them one time but that's somewhere I like. A&M, I've wanted to go there for a while. If A&M offered that would be something hard to turn down."
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