ST. PETERSBURG – Along with seniors Jalynn Williams, Aaron McGriff and juniors Anthony Johnson and Tyre McClendon, Darrell Bullock is a fierce member of the self-proclaimed “Jack Boyz” at St. Petersburg.
Bullock’s sophomore season was wiped out by a broken collarbone and a bout of pneumonia, but he earned his way back as a junior starting most of the season. He opened the year as a wide receiver before moving to his current home at safety.
At 6’1″, 170 lbs., Bullock has a knack for finding his way around the ball. In run support, he is a physical downhill hitter. In terms of what he learned the most this past season, he said this.
“I learned a lot from defensive backs coach Shawn Davis and wide receivers coach Dillard,” Bullock told Prep Sports Scouting. “Mainly coverage skills and tendencies of offenses whether they are going to run or pass.”
Despite going 6-4 last season and missing out on the playoffs, Bullock and his group have high hopes for 2016. The Green Devils have opened up with a 2-0 record with wins over Lakewood and Osceola.
“Probably all the way if our offense and defense can keep it going,” he said. “We probably have one of the best secondaries around. I hope we can go all the way.”
11th-year head coach Joe Fabrizio is someone Bullock respects a lot. Coach Fabrizio owns a 67-40 record and has led the Green Devils to four playoff appearances since taking over in 2006.
“The tradition that he [Fabrizio] brings to the table is something to look forward to, something to play for on Friday’s,” Bullock said. “He’s a good coach. He always tells me that you can’t do everybody’s job.”
Starting his football life at age 7, Bullock opened up as both a running back and linebacker. He says he found confidence in his game this off-season while playing for coach BJ Hall and Team Florida 7-on-7.
It certainly doesn’t hurt to have senior wide receiver and Georgia commit Matthew Landers line up against him in practices.
“It’s fun, sometimes challenging because he [Landers] is 6’5″ and runs a 4.4,” Bullock said. ” It’s competitive every day we all go at it.”
Bullock said his covering and tackling ability are his biggest strengths. He wants to lay out for the ball and make that extra effort that goes unnoticed.
No offers have come his way yet, but he has drawn interest from Rutgers as of late.
He says his five brothers and trio of coaches, Hall, Davis and Dillard are his biggest role models in his life.
Bullock is trying hard to get a chance to play college football but he has other plans set up.
“I want to better myself as an all-around person,” he said. ” I plan to go to college and study business management and sports medicine.”
This kid has a strong support system around him with his big family, “Jack Boyz” sidekicks and coaches helping him out.
Darrell Bullock may not have an offer yet, but he can play. He’s fun to watch as he brings energy on each and every snap. The best part about his game is the fact that he makes everyone around him better by settling things down on the back end.
Favorite players to watch – Michigan DB Jabril Peppers, Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey and Patriots QB Tom Brady
Playlist before games – Kodak Black
Favorite movies – Rush Hour series and Friday series
Favorite TV shows – Family Guy
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “Don’t throw the ball towards me. It is going the other way for six if you do.”
Nickname from your teammates or friends – “Dee”, “Bullett” and “Neck”
Game tape: Bullock’s Hudl tape
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