May 4, 2012

Spring Tour: Fulwood talks commitment


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After putting up numbers which included catching 46 passes for 1,141-yards (24.8 avg) and 22 touchdowns as a junior, the case can be made that there's not a whole lot of room for improvement when it comes to the game of Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood.

However, don't tell that to the 6-foot-4, 190-pound wide out.

"I'm out here with my teammates trying to get the most out of the spring as we can. We need to get all we can out of these practices to prepare for this fall," said Fulwood. "I want to get the offense down and work on route running. There's always some way that you can improve."

If there is one area in which the Rivals100 prospect seems to need no improvement, it is in his leadership ability.

Throughout the practice, from warm-ups - where he acted as the de facto conditioning coach calling out and then leading the team through their drills - to position drills - where he was the first in line each and every time - there's no questioning that there's more to Fulwood than just size and speed - he is an unquestioned team leader.

Not only does Fulwood have leadership skills, he has the size that teams covet at wide receiver. But, he says his game is built upon more than just height.

"Not everybody who plays this position is 6-foot-4 and my height compliments my speed," explained Fulwood. "Height is a great attribute to have as a receiver. It gives me the advantage over most of the defensive backs that I face. They have it in their mind at first that I'm big so I can't run. Then they see the kind of speed I have."

Off the field, this coming weekend will mark the one month anniversary of Fulwood's commitment to Florida during the Gators April Orange & Blue Debut.

His commitment hasn't kept other programs from pursuing him. Though anything can happen, from the sounds of it, those efforts from programs other than UF will likely be in vain.

"All I know for a fact is that Florida will be here next week," said Fulwood. "They'll be here on May the 8th. Auburn was here today. Alabama's coming back. I don't want to burn any bridges with anyone who recruited me hard. I'm going to show them the utmost respect and thank them for recruiting me, but I'm solid to Florida and that's not going to change. Some coaches told me to keep an eye on what happens this season, like if Florida fails, but that's not going to change anything. Bad season or not, I know coach Muschamp is going to great things over there. He's getting the type of players he wants to build the team he wants."

The status of Fulwood's commitment hasn't been in question. However the same can't be said for each member of his household.

If there was a small hiccup in his commitment to Florida, it was that his mother had a preference for Clemson.

According to Fulwood, she is beginning to see the Gators in a different light.

"She's really started to come around," said Fulwood. "I knew she would be happy for me and support me wherever I went, but I feel like she is starting to love it as much as I do now. We talk about it and I can feel how proud she is of me and the commitment I've made to Florida."

Fulwood is the No. 59 rated prospect in the nation, the No. 8 rated wide out.

Check back in with InsidetheGators throughout the month of May as we visit spring practices of many of the Florida commitments and top targets. Up next, Rivals100 safety Nick Washington and linebacker Daniel McMillian.


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