Commit Capsules: Damon Bullock

February 28, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

Damon Bullock
Running Back
Mansfield, TX
6-0/195
Scout.com Profile | Rivals.com Profile

OFFERS: Iowa was Bullock’s lone known offer.

QUOTABLE: “I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder. There were a lot of people that passed on me. I’m just thankful that Coach (Kirk) Ferentz gave me the chance to show them all what they missed out on.” Damon Bullock to HawkeyeInsider.com

STAR GAZING: Bullock rated two out of five stars on both Scout.com and Rivals.com

JON’S TAKE: Iowa has a history of finding diamonds in the rough, polishing them up and turning them into great contributors. Is Damon Bullock the next name to fall into that category? The thing about such players is that it’s tough to tell, but if he does find success on the gridiron at Iowa, he’ll be in that mix.

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In Bullock’s own words, he is going to arrive at Iowa with a chip on his shoulder. His high school coach told HawkeyeInsider.com that Bullock was overlooked, having missed all but three games his junior year due to an injury. As a senior, he rushed for over 1,600 yards and his coach said that Bullock has “legit 4.4 speed”. Having just watched the NFL combine, there are few high school players that have legit 4.4 speed, at least electronically timed, which is the ultimate litmus test.

However, when you watch Bullock’s tape and see him in the open field, you can see some speed. Based on his highlight reels, which is not a complete picture and my evaluation skills are certainly not elite, he appears to be a player that will take some time getting comfortable in Iowa’s one-cut system. Iowa runs most of its running plays out of a zone blocking scheme, which requires patience from a running back. But once he sees the hole, he has to make one cut, turn it upfield and go. Most running backs coming out of high school lack this patience and Shonn Greene took a few games during his record breaking junior year before he acquired it.

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On the highlight reel above, Bullock shows some happy feet at times, or a lack of commitment to the hole. Again, these are just the clips we have to see and I don’t want for this to come off as any sort of indictment. However, when he gets into the green, he glides; getting to the green is the hardest part. He also runs a bit upright, but so does Marcus Coker.

He also played defensive back and could be a candidate for safety down the line, depending on how Iowa’s running back depth chart figures out. Yet I might be making the same mistake that so many other schools made as it relates to Bullock; we’ll just have to wait until he gets to campus.

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High school honors – – Named to Top 50 Player list in Dallas/Fort Worth area as a senior . . . named 5-A District and team Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior . . . Career – – three year letterman in football and track . . . team captain as a senior, leading team to 8-2 record and into the state playoffs . . . holds school record with six touchdowns in a game . . . set personal best of 248 rushing yards in a game as a senior . . . had 235 rushing attempts for 1,606 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior . . . played in just three games as a junior due to injury, rushing for 350 yards and scoring four touchdowns.

Personal – – Born 4/29/93 in Baltimore, MD . . . sports marketing major . . . member of National Society of High School Scholars . . . parents are Kimberly and Roscoe Handy . . . high school coach was Jeff Hulme.

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