Junior Day Experience Leads to TE's Pledge

When Josh Fulton drove to ASU's junior day event on Saturday, he didn't know that later that afternoon he would commit to the Sun Devils. He was very excited when the maroon and gold were first to offer him a scholarship, but never have been in the football facilities he had no idea what to expect. Getting a front seat view of the program led to his eventual verbal to head coach Dennis Erickson.

Josh Fulton was a standout last year for Phoenix Saint Mary's on both sides of the ball, being named all-Desert Valley region 1st team for the Knights both at tight end and defensive end.

On defense he recorded 27 tackles and 10 sacks while hauling in 26 passes for 304 yards and six scores on offense. His exploits on offense landed Fulton a scholarship offer from Arizona State on March 20th.

"I didn't expect an offer that early," Fulton admitted. "I knew ASU had a good program and their offense passes a lot. So I was happy to get an offer from them."

The 6-3.5 230 tight end had never been to the Sun Devil campus, other than watching the Men's basketball in action at Wells Fargo Arena. Thus, he had a lot of built up anticipation before his unofficial visit to ASU.

Needless to say that Fulton was impressed with what took place Saturday.

"All the facilities, the weight room, the locker room, the bubble, the campus…everything was very impressive," Fulton described. "You can just tell that the program treats its players very well.

"When I watched the scrimmage that's when I knew I was going to commit. I loved it how it was all intense, but the players were still having fun out there. Players were real aggressive, going at it and I liked that a lot."

After the scrimmage, Fulton went to an invited to a one on one meeting with Erickson, where the tight end made his pledge to the Sun Devils.

"Coach Erickson told me that when he saw my highlight tape he wanted to offer me right away," Fulton recalled. "He told me I was the number one (tight end) on their list. When I committed to him he was very happy. I was also happy to get the recruiting stuff behind me."

The tight end remarked that Stanford and USC were showing strong interest as of late and were likely to offer him as well in the upcoming weeks. "But I know I want to stay close to home and play football," he said.

Fulton reported a 40 time of 4.9 seconds and weight room marks of 265 lbs. benching, 330 squatting and a power clean mark of 260.

"My athleticism and my size are my strong points," he stated. "I want to get quicker and stronger getting up my weight up to 245 when I go to college. I also need to be consistent on every play."

Saint Mary's head coach Ed Zubey raved about Fulton's work ethic in a previous interview to Scout.com.

"He has great speed for his size and he is a great team leader," Zubey said. "I make him run with the skill guys and he finishes first probably 90% of the time."

Fulton played on the St. Mary's basketball team that won this year's 5A-I state championship. Fulton played with ASU basketball signee Demetrius Walker, and said that he and incoming Sun Devil freshman guard talked about possibly both playing for the Sun Devils one day in their respective sports.

"I haven't had a chance to tell him yet that I committed to ASU," Fulton commented, "and he'd probably be pretty happy to hear that."

Fulton noted that the sport of basketball has had an impact on his football skills. "You obviously jump a lot in basketball," he said, "and that helps you when you go one on one as a wide receiver. You can use your size advantage and just catch all those high balls that the quarterback throws at you."

Even if a prospect wants to take his time and examine all possibilities before making his commitment, this doesn't make the recruiting process less agonizing. After settling on the college of his choice, Fulton is happy to concentrate now on his senior season and preparing himself to the changeover from high school to college football. He is confident that his eventual new surroundings will help him in that transition.

"It was an easy decision to make," Fulton said of his ASU commitment. "I get to stay around my family, go to a great football program and get a good education. I mean, why go out of the state when you have a perfectly good situation here?"

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