Strong offers four-star DE/TE

Charlie Strong intends to pursue the nation's best recruits. Last week, Louisville offered four-star Fort Meade, Fla. standout Brandon Fulse, who is rated the No. 9 DE prospect in the nation. Fulse spoke with about his offer from Louisville and conversation with Strong.

Brandon Fulse is one of the elite prospects in Florida and Louisville coach Charlie Strong intends to make a run for his commitment, sending Fulse an offer last week.

Fulse, a 6-foot-4, 247-pound tight end/defensive lineman from Fort Meade, Fla., is a four-star prospect who ranks as's No. 9 defensive end in the nation. He could play on either side of the ball in college.

With an offer from the Cardinals, Fulse spoke with Louisville coach Charlie Strong - a coach he has tremendous respect and admiration for after watching him help guide Florida to two national titles.

"It's a great program. Coach Charlie Strong, I knew him from Florida so I know he's going to have a great program up there," Fulce said. "He was just asking me if I was going to come up there to [visit]. He's a great man. He has good character and he's just a great person. All he talked about was coming up there for junior day or for a visit. If I can get up there I will go up for a visit."

Fulse has about a dozen offers, but didn't name any favorites. Florida, FSU, Georgia, Rutgers, Texas Tech and Stanford are just a few of the programs who have sent offers. Fulse said he planned to visit "all the local teams" this spring.

"Academics and playing time, and the environment and campus lifestyle are key factors," Fulse said.

Fulse played on both sides of the football last season. As a tight end, Fulse had 18 receptions for 250 yards and two touchdowns, earning second team All-State honors. He also recorded 70 tackles, including 17 for loss and 10 sacks at defensive end. Fulse, who made his mark at tight end at the U.S. Army All-American Combine, says his impressive combination of size, speed and strength help him as a tight end.

"I have size and power and I can fit into zones real good," Fulse said. "My height helps because little linebackers try to guard me and with my speed I can beat the linebackers."

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