Xavier Fulton, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound interior lineman from Flossmoor (Ill.) Homewood-Flossmoor knew he wanted to commit before the season and he did just that last week by pledging Illinois.
It came down to the Fighting Illini and Michigan State but there were at least 20 schools interested in Fulton but wanted to see senior film before offering a scholarship.
The thinking of these programs is understandable, a scholarship is valuable and there isn't head coach out there that take crap shoot and offer off a gut feeling.
After watching Fulton this past Friday night, I might have to change my thinking a little bit. First of all, Xavier Fulton already has a D-1 body. He stood out on the football field like a sore thumb and for two quarters lived up to the hype given him by H-F Head Coach Tom Bailey.
Fulton played defensive end and offensive tackle for the Vikings in the first half but did not play the rest of the game because of cramps.
Ron Turner has to be tickled pink that Fulton is in the fold. Xavier could play anywhere on the defensive line and was equally good on the offensive side of the ball as well.
Fulton runs extremely well. He chased the back side like a linebacker and he made plays all over the field.
Xavier Fulton is going to be a solid football player for Illinois and don't be surprised if he wins multiple All Big-Ten selections in the near future.
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