Candid Fulwood ready to work

He is an Army-All-American and has nothing to apologize for, but you wouldn't know that from the sound of Florida Gator signee Ahmad Fulwood. The Jacksonville Bishop Kenny former star will drive to Gainesville Tuesday to begin his career as a Florida Gator and he knows it is going to be a lot of work to get where he wants to go.

For Ahmad Fulwood, who was committed to Florida for nearly 10 months before he signed, he is ready to show up and work hard to become a player that Florida can count on. He says he is most looking forward to "getting on campus and going to work."

When you watch film on Fulwood you see a gazelle with the ability to out jump everyone and the physical play to fight and steal the ball from any defender. He doesn't quite see it that way. And says there are certain things he has to work on.

"Upper body strength and footwork… I think my feet are still too slow to compete at a high SEC level," he said before offering up the remedies for those that he has been working on in the offseason. "A lot of ladder work and 5-yard cone drills."

One guy keeping his head on straight is new assistant coach Joker Phillips. The Gators receiver specialist has made Fulwood understand his abilities in a positive light.

"It's been real smooth," Fulwood said of his relationship with Phillips. "He's got me feeling really confident and comfortable with the big transition I'm making from high school to college."

He's currently measuring in at 6-4 and 195 pounds and will room with fellow Jacksonville star Nick Washington on campus. Even though the word around Gainesville is that Fulwood will be an instant impact, he is much more grounded about it.

"I don't try and put that much weight on my shoulders," he said. "I just like to keep the mindset that I am going to come in and work."

With that in mind, Fulwood says Gator fans should not fret over what he stands for and brings to the table as a student-athlete.

"I am a grateful player that will give his all for the University of Florida on and off the field," he said.

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