Culliver Breaks It Down

Garner (NC) 4-star safety/wide receiver Chris Culliver is one of the most explosive athletes in America this year, and not surprisingly, he claims offers from several of the nation's top programs. However, the 6'1, 190 pound dynamic Tar Heel State prospect has narrowed his list down to two lucky finalists, and he may be on the verge of making his college choice known. Read inside for full story.

The electrifying Culliver, who has been consistently timed running a sub 4.4 second forty yard dash, claims SEC rivals South Carolina and Florida as his two favorite schools, and he is currently gearing up for an official visit to Gainesville this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to a good time," said Culliver. "I know it's going to be a good time, especially this week because they just won a national championship. I know it's going to be a lot of fun, and we'll just see how things go."

While the Gators will get their chance to impress Culliver this weekend, the Gamecocks have moved to the top of his list in recent weeks. One reason why is because USC is recruiting the versatile playmaker to be featured on the offensive side of the ball.

"No, nothing's really changed… South Carolina is the only one recruiting me as a wide receiver. Really, I play defensive back, punt return, and kick return, but Coach (Brad) Lawing said, ‘Why not play me on the offensive side of the ball?' I can make things happen and that type of nature."

According to Culliver, other schools are continuing to pursue him, but he is comfortable with his two finalists.

"It's really those two programs. They both throw the ball a lot with Coach (Steve) Spurrier and Coach (Urban) Meyer… I like how the South Carolina coaches treat me. They don't treat me with any B.S. and say you're going to come in here and start and that type of stuff. They just talk to me real. Florida is an overall program. Coach Meyer came in there, and every year they've been developing. They always get good athletes, and I think I could fit into their program."

Another factor that Culliver likes about his two finalists is that he recently got to know several players going to both schools while participating in the Offense-Defense All American Bowl.

"I have a real good relationship with a lot of people going to Florida and going to South Carolina from the All-American Bowl. Like Cameron Newton, Joe Haden, Quintin Richardson, Carlos Dunlap, Stephen Garcia, and just a lot of those guys. I've really developed a relationship with them, and I still keep in contact with them. We talk a lot. I might be able to chill with Joe Haden and Cameron Newton when I go to Florida this weekend."

Culliver, who showed off his playmaking ability at wide receiver in the All American Bowl last week, shared what he enjoyed most about his time in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

"The best experience was probably seeing how college is going to be and how fast the tempo of the game is going to be. Really, there's not really a difference. I've just got to play at a fast tempo and practice harder. I'm really excited, and I know I've got it in me."

With Signing Day less than a month away, Culliver stated that he is nearing a final decision, and he could potentially make an announcement next week.

"I'm thinking about having a press conference here with a lot of my football players, my coaches, and other people that I know. It may be next Tuesday, but I'll just see how things go in Florida, and then I'll really know what's going to happen then."

Culliver is still scheduled to make an official visit to South Carolina on January 19th.

Stay tuned to for all the latest on this premier Tar Heel State prospect.

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