JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02: Head coach Will Muschamp of the Florida Gators waits on the sidelines during the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at EverBank Field on January 2, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Florida got a nice semi-surprise during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday: North Carolina defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard committed to Florida during the fourth quarter of the game, giving Will Muschamp another great prospect for his defensive line.
SB Nation recruiting editor Bud Elliott thinks Bullard will be an impact player:
Bullard is roughly 6'4" and 255+ pounds, which classifies him as a strong-side defensive end. He's raw, but shows the ability to shut down the run and set the edge. But he can also rush the passer.
Rivals rates Bullard as a five-star prospect, and he's definitely got the sort of big body that Florida's somewhat undersized line needs to compete against the bruising running games of the SEC. In addition, he's likely to be a true defensive end, and a good one, something Florida hasn't really had since the departure of Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham for the NFL.
Bullard is also a teammate of (Shelby, N.C.) Crest High safety Rhaheim Ledbetter, a fellow Florida commit, and follows the footsteps of another Shelby/Crest product Gators fans might remember: Brandon Spikes.