Sandy Creek (Ga) defensive lineman Nick Fulwider is a blossoming football prospect that has blown up on the recruiting scene through the early part of the year. Vanderbilt was one of the first schools to show interest in the Peach state lineman and he is glad they did.
"Vanderbilt is a school I have always had interest in, so I am excited about them recruiting me." Fulwider said.
Fulwider and Vanderbilt started building a relationship the moment the Commodores extended an offer. Ever since adding the Dores offer, Fulwider and the Vanderbilt coaching staff have remained in consistent contact.
Their relationship grew even further this past weekend when the 6'7 lineman embarked on Nashville to attend the Commodores first Junior Day event.
Fulwider arrived early and took in everything Vanderbilt had to offer. After the visit had concluded, Fulwider couldn't get his time at Vanderbilt out of his mind. He loved it so much that he admits to having the Commodores at the top of his list.
"I absolutely loved my time at Vanderbilt. The enviroment feels like a fit to me. The coaching staff is awesome. I really couldn't of asked for a better experience and I can't wait to come back again," he said.
"I'm not ready to make any commitments but I will tell you that Vanderbilt is at the top of the list for me. They really offer a lot of things that interest me and I think fit my personality. I have more schools I want to look into but you can bet that Vanderbilt will remain at the very top for me throughout the entire process."
According to Fulwider, one of the biggest factors that stood out about his visit to Vanderbilt was the coaches themselves. He had the chance to spend personal one on one time with Commodores head coach Derek Mason and admitted that his talk with the head man himself, sold him even further on the Dores program.
"The first thing I noticed about the coaches was seriously how interested they are in me. They really made me feel wanted, more so than anywhere else I have been. I got to spend quality time with the coaches. They personally toured the campus with me. Sat down at lunch with me and my mom, then I got called over to talk with Coach Mason and spend one on one time with him. He talked to me about my fit not only on the football team but also with the university. I loved talking with Coach Mason and he makes me feel like he could turn me into a great football player and a even better man. I never received so much personal attention from anybody, so you can bet I will remember that."
The fit with Vanderbilt is more than academics for Fulwider. The football side of things fit as well and mainly because of comfortability inside the 3-4 defense.
"I play in the same type of defense in high school that Vanderbilt runs on their team," Fulwider said. "When me and Coach Mason were talking about their defense, I immediately knew what they were talking about. Coach Mason noticed I knew what I was talking about and he perked up with smiles. The more and more we talked I could see the fit with Vanderbilt, not only on the field but off it as well. I'm excited about seeing where this goes with Vanderbilt."
Fulwider is a top target for the Commodores and will be a priority recruit going forward. The Peach state lineman is set to visit both Rutgers and West Virginia over the next few weeks. He is expected to be back at Vanderbilt later this summer, possibly for one of the Dores prospect camps.