Peach State DE Plans To Visit USC

The Gamecocks are hitting the state of Georgia hard this year in recruiting, and one prospect they are hoping to become a major factor with is Banneker (College Park, GA) stud defensive end Steven Fowlkes. Read inside for full story.

At 6'5" and 215 pounds, Fowlkes has the combination of size and athleticism to grow into a monster defensive end on the college level. Even after missing most of his junior season with elbow bursitis, Fowlkes, who was recently timed running a 4.5 flat in the forty yard dash, has compiled an impressive list of offers because of his enormous upside.

"Recruiting has been going good. It's exciting," said Fowlkes. "I've got offers from Louisville, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama, Purdue, Indiana, and Minnesota."

One of Fowlkes‘ more recent offers came from Coach Ron Cooper and the Gamecocks, and while he hasn't been able to visit USC thus far, Fowlkes has a couple of friends currently playing at South Carolina that are working him to join them in Columbia.

"South Carolina is pretty good. I don't know too much about them yet, but I'm planning to go there and take a visit and see how everything looks. I know two guys that go there, Ladi (Ajiboye) and Carlos (Thomas). Ladi told me that it's pretty good. He said he loves it up there."

Fowlkes, who said he is also receiving strong interest from Miami, Oklahoma and Central Florida, plans on taking a number of visits this summer to check out the schools that have offered him before naming any favorites.

"I haven't really taken any visits yet, so I'm not ready to name favorites. If I can take a visit to all the schools, then I could make that decision. I should be taking a visit to all the schools that have offered me this summer, because I want to commit to a school before the season starts."

When visiting the different schools, Fowlkes said he will look for one key factor to determine which destination is right for him.

"Well, it's just going to be whether I like it or not. It doesn't matter the distance away from home or what size the school is. I've just got to like the school. If I visit a school and feel good about it, then I'll go to that school."

Fowlkes, who racked up 5 sacks and 49 tackles while only playing four games last season, closed by describing what type of player he is on the football field.

"I just work hard. I play every play and try not to take any plays off. That‘s just me. I give everything I‘ve got out there."

While most schools are recruiting Fowlkes as a defensive end, Tennessee and Kentucky have offered him as a wide receiver. Fowlkes plans to graduate early and enroll at his college choice in January.

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