ATH Byron Bullough, St. Francis Catholic (Traverse City, Mich.) - (6-foot-2, 195 pounds)
Ratings: Rivals (NR), Scout (NR), 247 (NR), ESPN (NR)
Other notable offers: none
As Max Bullough gets ready for his junior season and Riley prepares for his first in college, Byron Bullough is making sure the family line will continue, as he committed to MSU for the class of 2014 on Thursday, shortly after receiving an offer. He is the sixth member of the Bullough family to join MSU.
Bullough also becomes the second member of MSU's 2014 class, joining two-sport star Drake Harris.
Looks like I will be living in east Lansing in a couple of years! Committed to the Spartans! Best thing to ever happen in my life so far!— byron bullough (@byronbullough) August 9, 2012
Now, I'm not going to get too detailed on a kid who still has two years of high school football to play. But we do know (or don't know) some things. He plays running back and defensive back at St. Francis, and his projected position in college is still up in the air, but his increasing size and consistent speed have many thinking outside linebacker.
He reportedly was getting interest from Michigan and Purdue, among others.
In this week's recruiting roundup and past stories, Bullough said he wasn't an MSU lock and was going to look at all his options when they came. That turned out to not be entirely true. From the LSJ:
"I knew whenever I was gonna get the offer, if I was gonna get one from Michigan State, that I was going to take it and I was going to be a Spartan," Bullough said.
That offer came Wednesday, when Bullough was at MSU, watching practice. He committed the next day.
Bullogh reiterated the same comments in a Q&A with Spartan Tailgate:
Michigan State is just an awesome place to be. I've been around it my whole life. I committed so early because I know no other college or any other program could take me away from Michigan State. MSU is just such a special place and I know great things are going to be happening there. I want to be a part of that program for sure. I really just wanted to go to Michigan State my entire life. I really never had any interest in other schools. I know Michigan State is the place for me. I've just known that my entire life. I just love it there. Michigan State is where I want to be.
He's not rated by any recruiting services, but detailed rankings for the class of 2014 are still to come. We'll update this page in the future.
As for the other Bulloughs to play at MSU, father Shane was an All-American linebacker in the 1980s, uncle Chuck was a linebacker in the late 1980s/early 90s and grandfather Hank was a starting guard under Biggie Munn in the 1950s.