’26 C/DT got a surprising amount of Friday Night run for a freshman
Landon Bullock is a work in progress. Truth is, as a freshman in high school, we have no idea how his frame finishes out from here. Still the 5’8,” 230-pounder is perfectly suited to play along the interior OL on the HS level and can play along the defensive interior line of scrimmage even next level. A freshman playing, much less in six (6)-games, for a 6A State Title-holder is something to celebrate, in our book anyways. After all, we’re the ones writing the articles!HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball
In the world of football players who look more like guys preparing to play basketball on grass, there will always be room at the inn for the 5’8,” 230-pound offensive guard or center, or even defensive tackle, in the high-school (HS) game. This has always been and will continue to be true.
Breathitt had a center/nose-guard built similarly to Bullock, one time, William L. Long, II. Long developed into Kentucky’s consummate player, in the high school game, regardless of classification at the offensive center slot. Long was selected by the Kentucky Associated Press-Corp an All-State first-teamer an incredible three (3) years in succession.
Long also made AP, first-team all-state, his senior year; on both sides of the scrimmage line (C/NG). How many people can say that?
Long is still plugging away, playing along side one of Buillit East’s more famous alumnae, Zach Reiners, at Centre College. Speaking of Zach Reiners, Reiners has had a tremendous post-Charger, football career at Centre.
Reiners’ has already made 1st-Team All-Conference (SAA) and the All-Region Three (3) team with another year to add to that very formidable list. We would be remiss in not also mentioning that Reiners was just selected the ’22 Bo McMillin Offensive MVP at Centre College, an award not many OT have probably ever won.
That brings us back around to Landon Bullock. Bullock is a class of ’26 guy who made numerous postseason all-star teams back in middle school. Point is, he arrived on the varsity roster replete with bluster and Bally-hoo. He didn’t disappoint.
Bullock played in six (6) games and acquitted himself well against the “Big Boys.” Playing along the line of scrimmage in 6A football is no joke.
Playing along the line of scrimmage for a team which finished 14-1, won the State Title at that classification of competition, and overcame the likes of Male High (2X’s), duPont Manual, Central Hardin, and Bryan Station is a whole other matter in deed. Suffice it to say; it, also, isn’t a joke.
Coming into the ’23 season, and for the Chargers to have any hope of a repeat, the team will have to be solid to spectacular upfront. Having a rising sophomore who has valuable game experience, especially at center, could prove to be pivotal for Coach Kendrick’s forces.
Now, we generally include a forecast concerning prospects we feature about their chances of playing at the next level. We make the same or similar forecast, even for guys in the ’26 class or younger.
This is a bit premature for the younger guys, especially the later-developers whose frames are just beginning to take shape. Should Bullock hit 6’3,” or taller (for instance) he may well round into an FBS-level OC. Should he not; he may have an All-American-type college career like Reiners.
There is no way to tell for sure.
What we can say is this…Bullock’s a fine HS player. We expect that to continue unabated.
The HS game of football was Taylor-made for the 5’8,” 230-pound guard, center, or even defensive tackle. You will never take it away from him.
It is his time to shine. Stop throwing up all the shade.
This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
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