Nicholas Fulwider came away from his trip to Arkansas pleasantly surprised.
The 2018 defensive lineman from the Atlanta area described his June 19 visit to Fayetteville as a fun experience that exceeded expectations for him, his mother and grandmother. Fulwider and his family made trips to Indiana, Purdue and Vanderbilt following their stop in Northwest Arkansas.
“It was a really fun experience,” Fulwider recently told SEC Country. “This was my first time leaving the South, and the family loved it.”
Visiting the Razorbacks was among the highlights of his recent recruiting tour. A 3-star recruit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, he made the trip as he prepares to announce a commitment decision in the coming months.
Fulwider (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) currently lists Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Indiana, North Carolina, Rutgers and Vanderbilt as his top choices. His recent visits helped bump Arkansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt into his final possibilities. Georgia Tech, his hometown school, North Carolina and Rutgers have recruited him heavily for several months.
The expectation is he’ll decide on a future school by the end of the summer at the earliest. He may also wait until a couple months into football season so he can take additional visits to see the game day environment at some of his top choices before making a decision.
“I have definitely narrowed it down,” said Fulwider, who has approximately 30 offers. “But it’ll be nice to maybe visit for a home game before making my decision.”
Arkansas defensive line coach John Scott Jr. has been Fulwider’s primary recruiter. Scott has been profoundly active recruiting in Georgia, where he is serving as the Hogs’ main recruiter, since being hired in February. He’s made Fulwider a top priority as Arkansas looks to finish off its defensive line group in the 2018 class with one more commit. If Arkansas were to secure Fulwider’s commitment, it would be significant for a number of reasons.
As previously stated, the Hogs’ 2018 defensive line group would be completed. Independence (Kan.) Community College tackle Emmit Gooden and Springdale (Ark.) end Isaiah Nichols both committed last week. Add Fulwider to that mix, and the Razorbacks have a defensive line group they like a lot. Of course, the coaching staff would have to keep them all secured, but that usually isn’t an issue.
Additionally, it would help Scott gain some recruiting momentum in Georgia. There’s a chance the Hogs secure a Peach State commit before Fulwider announces his pledge. Outside linebacker Thurman Geathers and offensive tackle Jalynn Strickland have Arkansas among their top schools and plan to announce their commitments on the Fourth of July.
If the Hogs land those two and Fulwider, Georgia recruits may be taking notice of Arkansas for years to come.