The personable Fluellen is mixing wrestling with football recruiting these days. He visited Maryland last weekend and Florida is up next. Fluellen ends January with stops at Auburn and childhood favorite Florida State.
The 6-3, 275-pound Fluellen is also trying to concentrate on wrestling, a sport he first attempted last year. The athletic Fluellen is a natural in terms of physical ability, but he has quickly discovered there's plenty of technique and endurance involved as well.
"My first match was the first time I ever stepped on the mat – I made it into the third period and almost passed out," Fluellen said and laughed. "There's so much to learn. Yeah, the guy beat be on points (first match). But I did alright. I finished something like 20-8. I've lost three (matches) this year but I am having fun."
Of course, Fluellen's future is on the football field, and the Seminoles rank among his top two favorites with the Gators. FSU coach Bobby Bowden visited Fluellen's Cartersville, Ga., home Monday night.
Fluellen, who played on both sides of the line of scrimmage last season but wants to play defensive tackle in college, said Bowden made a favorable impression. He said Bowden spoke of the Seminoles' recent struggles, on and off the field, and stressed he had no intentions of retiring anytime soon.
"He was laid back but funny," Fluellen said. "That was the first time I had met coach Bowden and I really enjoyed talking with him. I've always been a fan of Florida State. I am not worried about it (struggles). A lot of that is (blown up) by the media. I pretty much watched both teams (FSU and Florida) growing up. But FSU was my favorite team."
The Seminoles could have an edge due to family ties as well.
Fluellen's older brother, Charles, attends Florida A&M in Tallahassee. He's also a local deejay and Fluellen says his brother knows a number of current FSU players. Fluellen was in Tallahassee for the Seminoles' spring game. He also realizes the Seminoles need immediate help along the defensive line.
"We are close," Fluellen said of Charles, who is a business major. Fluellen, who is fully qualified, says his favorite subject is Science. Once wrestling finishes, Fluellen will join the track team, where he throws the shot and discus. He's also a member of his school's chorous.
"I like to sing but I never said I was a good singer," laughed Fluellen, who is yes-sir, no-sir polite. Away from school, he enjoys donating his time to community service (Jack & Jill Foundation). While Fluellen is extremely busy, the 17-year-old is relying on a mature approach.
"It's all about time management, really," he said.