Fulton Family enjoys Rocky Top experience

It's very important to recruit both the prospect and the parent. If you fail at either one, so do the hopes of securing the signature of the player of choice. Zach Fulton and his father Glen made the trip for Fulton's official visit this past weekend. InsideTennessee looks at the visit from the father's prospective. Go "Inside" to see what the Fultons thought of Rocky Top.

Every father wishes the best for his son as he is growing up.

One of those wishes includes excelling in the classroom and, in this case, also having success on the gridiron.

Illinois offensive lineman Zach Fulton and his father Glen made the trip for Zach's official visit with Tennessee this past weekend.

"I can't put in words how great things were on this trip," Mr. Fulton said. "It was much better than we ever expected. We got to see a lot of different things, but we also got to focus on academics."

Academics and earning the right to play football is very important for the elder Fulton.

"I have always told Zack that his books and studies come first," Mr. Fulton said. "I feel you have to earn the right to attend the University of Tennessee. The first step in doing that is doing everything right in the classroom."

It had been rumored that Fulton would be an early enrollee, something that Mr. Fulton corrected.

"No, Zach will graduate on June 11th. I will pack him up and bring him to Knoxville the next day," Mr. Fulton said with a laugh. "It was never a possibility of him graduating early. Not sure where that came from. I wished he was able to go through spring football."

It appeared that the University of Tennessee got a little good news while the Fultons were on the trip.

"He is bigger and stronger than he has ever been," Mr. Fulton said. "They measured him at 6-foot-5, 328-pounds. He has really been hitting the weight room a lot; you can tell his hard work is paying off."

It also appears that there wasn't anything on the trip that disappointed the Fultons.

"He is very excited about attending the University of Tennessee," Mr. Fulton noted. "We got all our questions answered and we have no concerns. We know this is where Zach belongs."

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