Terrence Bullitt, the 6-foot-3, 181 pound three-star safety from Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas, has narrowed his choices to three schools and a decision is likely coming sooner rather than later.
"I've been thinking about committing before the season," Bullitt said. "I'd say it's like a 99.9 percent chance I'll commit somewhere before the end of August."
And there's also a good chance that the school Bullitt picks will be Texas Tech. "Yeah they are my top choice," he admitted. "Right now they definitely have the advantage."
The Red Raiders are one of the few schools that Bullitt has visited and attended their camp this summer (but didn't participate). "It's a great program," he said. "Everything there is real nice. The campus is great and I love the dorms. They are all brand new.
"Plus, the coaches said that they are graduating like six safeties this year and I'd probably be able to play early," he said.
Texas Tech now leads solidly over Oklahoma State and Notre Dame with Arizona and Wisconsin rounding out his top five. "It's really between Tech and Oklahoma State and Notre Dame," Bullitt admitted. "Even if I commit early, I still plan on taking official visits to Oklahoma State and Notre Dame."
He says there's a 50 percent chance he'll choose the Red Raiders. While the Cowboys and Wildcats each have a 25 percent shot.
"Boone Pickens Stadium (at Oklahoma State) is supposed to be amazing," he said. "And I really want to go there and see it for myself. I've heard the new facilities are great and they've spent a lot of money on all that.
"I've also got a friend who goes there," he said. "I know (senior defensive back) Jacob Lacey pretty well. He went to my high school but he's like four years ahead of me so we never played together. He's just always telling me what a great place that is and how I'd be able to play early and make an impact there."
As for wanting to visit Notre Dame, Bullitt says it's all about tradition. "I think tradition is real important and they have great tradition at Notre Dame," he said. "It's a big-time program that everybody knows.
"I've seen the movie Rudy and I really want to go there and see what's it's like," he said.
Bullitt's brother, Melvin Bullitt, plays safety for the Indianapolis Colts and agrees that Notre Dame's proximity to his brother is a definite plus. "Notre Dame is in Indiana and it would be cool being closer to him," he said.
In fact, the Bullitt family is all about football as his other brother, Barry Bullitt, plays linebacker at West Texas A&M (Div. II) and his father, Jerry Bullitt, played linebacker at Texas A&M.
"My whole family is involved," he said. "They all give me advice. Melvin thinks I should wait and take all my visits. My mom wants me to pick an academic school and my dad says he just wants me to go where I'm happy. They all have an opinion."
Opinions notwithstanding, Texas Tech is the team to beat for Bullitt. "I really want to compete for a starting job early and play as a freshman," he said. "And I think I have the best chance to do that at Texas Tech."
Bullitt is ranked as the No. 49 safety in the country by Scout.com.
He reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 1450 SAT (three-part).