NEW ORLEANS — Arkansas may be considered the dark horse to land the nation’s No. 2 cornerback.
Don’t tell that to coach Bret Bielema.
Bielema was one of seven Arkansas coaches at Archbishop Rummel High School (Metairie, La.) on Thursday afternoon meeting with five-star cornerback Kristian Fulton. The stop-in at Fulton’s school was the first of two planned meetings of the day for the Razorbacks’ coaching staff, which will also make an in-home visit with Fulton and his family later on Thursday evening.
Rummel coach Jay Roth said he has never seen seven members of a college coaching staff walk through his hallways to meet with one recruit.
Their message has been well-received, said Fulton.
“That just shows how important I am there,” he told SEC Country on Thursday. “They’re rebuilding over there, and this shows how big of a piece I can be over there. They have some great players committed, and this shows how important I am to them.”
“Every coach wants to be the best they can be, and this shows how badly they want me,” Fulton continued. “I can see it. If they add me, I’m the icing on the cake to such a great recruiting class.”
Fulton spent last weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. alongside high school teammate and Arkansas defensive lineman commit Briston Guidry, as well as two New Orleans area prospects in De’Jon Harris and Giovanni LaFrance, who are also Arkansas commits.
However, much of Fulton’s time was spent speaking with Razorbacks players, who share the same vision that Fulton is starting to see for the team’s future.
“I went up there this weekend and had a great time talking with the players,” he said. “They say this coaching staff is special … Every since coach (Bielema) got there, they’ve been progressing. They’re telling me how I can be a part of that progress. They feel like they’re a recruiting class or two away from being in the SEC Championship game.”
Fulton has taken an official visit to LSU and will be in Florida for the final weekend of the recruiting season.
He expects to make his final decision on National Signing Day (Feb. 3).
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