Only a few short hours remain before the nation’s No. 2 cornerback makes his college decision.
Kristian Fulton is set to decide between LSU, Arkansas and Florida on National Signing Day on Feb. 3.
The five-star cornerback could make up his mind anytime between now and Wednesday morning.
As it stands today, Fulton told SEC Country that the three schools are “as close to even as it gets.” So with the rest of the nation anxiously awaiting the verdict, his teammates, friends and fellow recruits decided to weigh in on the possible decision.
Four-star tight end Jamal Pettigrew is committed to LSU, and is one of Fulton’s best friends.
Pettigrew joined Fulton on the tandem’s official visit to Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. 15.
While Pettigrew admits he would love for his friend to join him next season at LSU, right now he prefers Fulton focus on what’s best for his own future, and he reminds of that every opportunity he can.
“I would definitely love for him to come with me,” Pettigrew said, “but he has to do what’s right for him and his family. Then he should go wherever he thinks is right for him.
“(My advice was) to take all of your official visits. Explore all of your options, and don’t get hooked on one school because of the name. Understand what the school is saying and then base it off that. If it’s right for you, then go ahead and take it.”
Likewise, Arkansas linebacker commit De’Jon Harris believes Fayetteville, Ark., is the right landing spot for Fulton.
Harris was one of three New Orleans area prospects to go with Fulton on his official visit to Arkansas. Afterwards, he had a gut feeling that the Razorbacks gained enough ground to be truly a factor in the decision.
“We made him feel very comfortable and welcomed,” said Harris, a three-star prospect. “I think there’s a chance that we land him over LSU.”
Harris’ confidence was met with a more cautious approach by fellow Arkansas commit Briston Guidry.
Guidry, a four-star defensive lineman, has been longtime high school teammates with Fulton.
Guidry felt Fulton enjoyed his official visit there, and should he decide to commit to Arkansas it would truly swing momentum into the Razorbacks’ corner.
“He said he loved it,” Guidry said. “But I still don’t know where his mind is at right now. We have a really nice class going this year, with (Harris) and (Giovanni LaFrance). That’s crazy, but all we need is Kris to be the icing on the cake.”
LaFrance pledged to Arkansas while on the official visit with Harris, Guidry and Fulton.
Fulton expressed a lot of similar content with the visit, but LaFrance also could not guarantee that he, too, would join the Razorbacks.
“He liked the visit,” said LaFrance, “and we talked to him a little bit. But it’s in on him and whatever school he goes to. However, I’d rather him at Arkansas.”