Tyler Fullerton Talks Recruiting

Class of 2011 middle infielder/outfielder Tyler Fullerton of Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee had a high school baseball season that seems to have impressed a lot of college coaches in the state of Tennessee and a few in the states surrounding Tennessee. In fact, he's received recruiting calls from eight colleges with four extending scholarship offers.

"I've received calls from UT (Tennessee), Vandy, Western Kentucky, Memphis, MTSU (Middle Tennessee), Lipscomb, Mississippi State and UAB," said Fullerton.

And based on the number of follow-up calls that he has received there is obviously serious interest from all the schools.

"I think all of them have called a second time," said the 5-10, 155-pounder who runs a 6.51 second sixty with a best time of 6.48 seconds. "The first call was them asking if I was interested and the second one was if I was interested in them would I be interested in coming there for a visit."

Four of the eight schools have extended scholarship offers.

"I've received offers from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee, the four that I have visited," said Fullerton, who batted .351 with 17 doubles, 6 triples, 4 homers and 21 stolen bases for his high school this past season. "I've visited UT, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky and I visited MTSU on Monday."

He talked about some things he liked while visiting the schools.

"I was really impressed with Western's facilities, and the coaches were nice," said Fullerton. "Of course, Mississippi State's facilities were really nice. They have their own indoor practice facility. I thought that was really cool. (Assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione showed me around. He was awesome, really cool. Middle's coaches were nice, too. Really, being comfortable with the coaches is what I look for (on the visits). And so far, all of them have been pretty cool."

Although he can play multiple positions, it appears the coaches he has talked to like him best in the outfield.

"Based on what everybody that I have talked to says, my primary position will be outfield," said Fullerton, who plays center field for his high school team. "And if they need me to plug in in the infield I would do that."

Fullerton had a plan in place to help him work through the recruiting process. So far, things are going according to plan. And due to that, don't look for him to make the college coaches recruiting him wait much longer for his decision.

"I've thought about my decision and I probably want to make it in the next two or three weeks," said Fullerton. "My initial plan was to see who was interested and then go see each one of them. And I think within the next three weeks I should be able to visit everybody, see what they are like and see how badly they want me."

As for favorites, he has them but isn't quite ready to name names.

"I definitely have some favorites," said Tyler Fullerton.

Keep it on Gene's Page for the latest on this very talented member of the Tennessee class of 2011.


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