John Fulton plans on leaving his hometown of Manning, S.C. for his official visit to Baton Rouge very early on Saturday morning to make his way onto the LSU campus for a full breath of the college gameday atmosphere.
He doesn’t expect to get much sleep following his game against Timberland on Friday night. That is, of course, assuming that he gets to sleep at all.
“I just can’t wait to get down there and see how I am received with the fans and students to see if I can get comfortable down there,” said Fulton. “This is the trip that I have been waiting on for a while because I really like Coach Chavis and Coach Cooper. But this trip will determine where LSU is on my list and if they will make my top five at all.”
The Manning High star has been avoided like the plague by opposing offenses during their current 4-2 campaign. But that does not mean that Fulton has not found a new way to impact his games.
“I’ve been seeing a lot more action on offense due to the fact that I’m getting bored on defense,” he said. “The only tackles I get are basically run-downs from the other side of the field. They won’t even run to my side of the field, so my coaches have put me in on offense. I play a little wide receiver, a little running back, and some wildcat quarterback. I have a few touchdowns, but I want more action on offense.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back is being courted by both secondary coach Ron Cooper and defensive coordinator John Chavis with Chavis handling the details of his first official visit.
While the four-star prospect has a much improved, home state Gamecock squad at the top of his list, they are closely followed by the Crimson Tide of Alabama according to Fulton.
With that said, where do the LSU Tigers look to fit into his list of interests?
“I’m coming in early Saturday and I’ve heard a lot about the LSU atmosphere and the food… Coach Chavis told me to expect to be well fed and to expect a really nice experience,” said Fulton. “Right now I have South Carolina at the top followed by Alabama, and I hear the most from Alabama, but I have never seen LSU and I think this trip might do them well.”
Fulton, who visits Alabama officially next weekend and goes to South Carolina on 11/14, says that he has a lot to cram into his weekend in Baton Rouge that will help paint his picture on LSU.
“I’ve never seen what they have to offer, but I’ve heard so many great things about the school,” said Fulton, who is making his first trip to LSU. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the facilities and the program. I know they have great coaches that I like a lot.
"By the time my flight leaves on Sunday, I will have my opinion on the LSU program and where they fit with me.”
Fulton is also being heavily courted by Florida and Georgia and recently took in his third visit to Athens. But his first trip to Baton Rouge is the only thing on his mind this week.
“It’s all I can think about,” said Fulton. “I could not be any more ready for a big weekend.”