Fulton Breaks it Down

Manning HS four-star cornerback John Fulton had a busy week as he made trips to SEC schools Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Read inside as Fulton discusses those visits and his top five with GamecockAnthem.com.

The first trip of the week for the four-star Fulton took him to Alabama for three days and two nights of seeing what the Crimson Tide had to offer.

"It was real good; I had a good time," he said of the visit. "Just the coaches and just the people there, how I get along with everybody [stood out]. And just the facilities and everything."

Fulton was also able to spend time with Alabama head football coach Nick Saban.

"It was real good. We had a real good connection and everything," he said. "And he really does coach the corners. He was just talking about me being a corner and what I bring to the table."

Fulton was at Alabama for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning. The next stop on his trip was in Athens for the Bulldog's Thursday day-camp. According to published reports Fulton and three-star teammate Dexter Morant stole the show at the camp.

"We were just showing everyone what Manning is all about," Fulton said of their performances. "We're a small town, but we've got big-time talent down there."

Fulton was also able to spend some time getting to know the Georgia coaches and players.

"Basically me and coach Martinez got a long real well. I hung out with Coach Richt a couple of times. We just worked a lot on my technique and I learned a lot while I was there. And we got to hang out with the players and we got along with them."

Finally, Fulton made it back to his home state for a basketball camp at South Carolina. Though the trip was primarily for basketball, he was able to make it over to the football side to spend some time with his recruiter of record Shane Beamer and some of the USC players.

"We were just talking about me playing for my home state and everything," he said of his conversation with Beamer. "And when we got to chill with the players we were just playing Madden and having a good time, joking around and all that. I asked them how they liked it and they said they loved it and that playing for my own state was always a good thing."

One of the players that grabbed Fulton's attention was freshman cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Much like Fulton plans to be, Gilmore graduated early to enroll at USC in the January of his senior year. Gilmore spurned offers from out-of-state programs like Alabama, Florida and Tennessee to play for the home-state Gamecocks.

"We've talked a couple of times before that, because everytime he went to a USC game I was there and we would talk just like that. I think we do have a lot in common because he had some big-time offers and everything and went to South Carolina and showed everybody what he had."

Despite his rapport with Gilmore, Fulton has a top five of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and LSU in that order. He talked about what has Alabama out front of the other four potential suitors.

"Alabama's style of play fits my style of play. I go down there and it feels like I'm in Manning, so it's like I'm at home down there. Me and Coach (Kirby) Smart get along real well, Coach (Burton) Burns, Coach (Nick) Saban, so it's just like a great mixture." Fulton also shared his thoughts on the fifth school on his list, LSU.

"Me and Coach (Ron) Cooper got along real well when I went down there. And he was at USC and we talked a lot and stuff like that. so, I know him. And LSU, they didn't do that well, but they won a lot of games with less talent than they usually have. Now they're recruiting real well and they're getting a bunch of big-time players. If they can do that with not as many good players, then I know they can win a national championship with great players."

After a crazy week, Fulton will take some time off from the hectic world of major college football recruiting for a trip to the beach. He says he will then figure out where to go from there as far as visits go. The nation's No. 6 CB plans to make his intentions known soon before he enrolls early at the school of his choice in January.

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