Fulton Explains ASU Decommitment

On April 4th Josh Fulton committed to the Sun Devils, the only team that had offered him a scholarship. Nearly a month later, the Phoenix St. Mary's tight end has decided to re-open his recruitment and talked to Devils Digest about his decision.

Josh Fulton, who is ranked by Scout.com as the 18th best tight end in the nation, stated that the decision to re-consider his pledge to Arizona State is something that has come up the last few days.

"I wanted to keep my options open," Fulton said. "I have to be smarter about this because anything can happen and I have to choose a college based on what my future would be like."

Stanford is one school that has been vigorously pursuing Fulton in the last few weeks, and according to the tight end made a statement that was ultimately a big factor in his recent resolution.

"Stanford told me that I have to make my decision based on what my degree would be," Fulton recalled, "and he said that with a Stanford degree I could get any job I wanted."

ASU offered Fulton a scholarship on March 20th and to date remain the only school to extend such offer. The tight end admitted that if he could do it all over gain he would not have committed when he did to the maroon and gold.

"ASU is still my top school," Fulton acknowledged. "But it was kind of an impulsive decision to commit to them so early. I based it only on what I saw and liked at the time, and didn't give myself a chance to see what the other schools have to offer. Now I can go ahead and check out my other options."

The tight end anticipated new scholarship offers to start coming his way in the next couple of weeks.

Aside from Stanford, USC, Arizona, Tennessee and Oregon are other programs that have been recruiting Fulton in earnest. The tight end indicated that he's planning to USC, Arizona Stanford this summer. He added that those visits may or may not include attending the respective team camps. Fulton does plan to attend the Sun Devils' team camp in June, as well as the local Nike combine.

ASU was informed by Phoenix St. Mary's head coach Ed Zubey of Fulton's decision, and the tight end indicated that he plans to call ASU's tight ends coach, Jamie Christian on Monday to explain his decision.

"It wasn't a hard decision to make," Fulton said of his decommitment. "I knew I had to keep my options open.

"I still like ASU and I could see myself going there."

In his junior year the 6-3.5 230 Fulton was named all-Desert Valley region 1st team for the Knights both at tight end and defensive end. On offense he collected 304 yards and six touchdowns, while on defense he tallied 27 tackles and 10 sacks.

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. He also played on the St. Mary's basketball team that won this year's 5A-I state championship.

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