Considered by many as the top defensive line prospect in Georgia last prep season, Fluellen is participating in Florida State's summer workouts.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Fluellen, from Cartersville, Ga., says he is enjoying himself despite an early bout of homesickness, a common ailment among new players.
"The first couple days it was very hard because I felt lonely," Fluellen told TheTerritory.
"It was the first time being by myself in a long time. It was very hard at first. But now as I get to know more people being around the team, it's a lot better. It's going very well, in fact."
Well-spoken and personable, Fluellen knows his way around Tallahassee, attending the Seminoles' spring game as well as the team's summer camp. His older brother Charles has attended Florida A & M and has been a local deejay. FSU was also Fluellen's favorite team while growing up, selecting the Seminoles over Vanderbilt and Florida.
Although Fluellen played both the offensive and defensive lines in high school, he's earmarked for defensive tackle at FSU. Due to injuries and uncertainty at that spot, Fluellen could see early playing time if he proves himself during two-a-days. Fluellen says he also wants to gain at least 10 more pounds by season's start.
"I want to be able to help the team as much as I can," Fluellen said.
"If I am redshirted, so be it. But they told me to be ready to play. I don't think redshirting is too high up there now. Right now I am at 270, but I want to get close to 280. I am just concentrating on trying to get better. Summer has been going great."
Fluellen, who said he was clocked at 5.2 in the 40-yard dash in testing Tuesday, had 93 tackles and 11 sacks his senior season. He also had a 345-pound bench, 495-pound squat and 330-pound power clean. In addition to football, Fluellen wrestled, threw the shot and discus and was a member of the chorus.
Fluellen said arriving early helped him overcome the uneasiness of being away from home for the first time. Plus, the Seminoles' veterans have made a memorable first impression on him.
"It really has made (difference). It will help in the long run," Fluellen said.
"To be able to get in shape and see the caliber of athlete they have here, it's crazy. Travis (Johnson) and Darnell Dockett -- they are the two I kind of base my game after, and they are really good. All the DBs are real fast. Looking at Greg Jones, there's no way I can tackle him right now. But, yes, everything is looking good right now."