July 17, 2011
SMU and Army jump in the lead for Hulick
When the Army Black Knights and SMU Mustangs went toe to toe in the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl game in January, it may have been just the beginning of their collegiate battles.
However, the most recent clash between the two schools hasn't taken place on the gridiron per say, but it is a head to head recruiting battle for the talents of offensive lineman Carl Hulick.
GoBlackKnights.com caught up with Hulick, who reins from Esperanza High School in Anaheim (Ca), as he took time out to discuss he hot list of schools.
"Well, I'm going to University Nevada-Reno next week for their senior day and hoping to pull an offer from them," shares the 6-foot2, 280 offensive lineman, who also announced that one school has a slight lead among the others.
"Playing football in Texas
. that's the mecca of football. So SMU has risen and nothing has changed with anyone else too much."
Hulick was quick to point out that the two schools that he will be looking to schedule at least two of his official visits, went head to head in a their bowl game last year.
"Yes, Army and SMU played against one another in the Armed Forces Game," shares Hulick.
I exchanged emails with Coach Saddat (Army's Co-Defensive Coordinator), but it's hard with my practice schedule right now and I get out of practice at 7pm every day and he's already out there at 10 on the East Coast. I just haven't been able to sit down and talk to him in awhile."
According to Hulick, he is not looking to make his college decision until after he has taken his official visits.
"I am definitely going to visit West Point on my official and SMU," he adds. "I don't really have anyone else right now. I am going to see who is going to offer and showing me the interest and show me they are really interested in me."
"I was just invited to play in the California All-Star game which will be in December. Then the weekend after that, I'm going to Nevada Reno for their senior day and then after in two weeks, going on an unofficial to SMU.
Then I'm going to an official to SMU to see it from that perspective."
Visiting Army and SMU will be Hulick's first up-close and personal impression of both colleges.
"For me, it's more about the personnel on the team, do I fit in with those guys," he says. "And is there a spot on the team for me to play. Meaning, will there be a sophomore there in front of me my whole time there or a senior who is graduating
Also, it's about the chemistry of the team."
Hulick has the versatility to play either guard or center at the next level, so it will be interested to not only see where he will take his talents, but also where on the offensive line he will end up.
"I will be playing guard this season, but SMU is looking at me at center and Army wants me to anywhere on the offensive line," declares Hulick. "Some schools I'm even hearing maybe defense."
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