NEW ORLEANS — The race is on.
LSU, Arkansas and Florida — one of those SEC schools will land the nation’s No. 2 cornerback come National Signing Day on Feb. 3.
Which school, however, remains a very difficult and convoluted decision.
LSU seemingly had an advantage over both the Razorbacks and Gators after hosting Kristian Fulton the weekend of Jan. 15. However, after taking an official visit to Arkansas last week and with a visit to Florida planned for this weekend, there is little separation among these three schools.
“It’s as close to even as it gets,” Fulton told SEC Country on Thursday. “Things are still tight with all three schools.”
After naming LSU his leader more than a week ago, he has had numerous in-home visits with all three coaching staffs.
LSU coach Les Miles, defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda have made multiple stops to the Fulton household. Florida coach Jim McElwain and running backs Tim Skipper have done the same, as have members of the Arkansas coaching staff, including coach Bret Bielema.
LSU was the first of the three SEC schools to host the five-star cornerback on campus, but even Fulton admits it’s difficult to view his recruitment from a big-picture perspective given the constant in-home visits and officials across the country.
“Once you visit, you see the best of what each school has to offer,” he said. “Now I’m going to Florida, and I’m sure they’ll do a great job. A lot depends on how these visits go.”
With Arkansas and Florida both making strong pushes for the Louisiana native, Miles has had two meetings with Fulton and his family.
Fulton said both of the in-home visits were to make sure both LSU and the cornerback were on the same page.
“They went great,” he said. “We cleared up some things that were going around, and he was just getting in some time with my parents and talking about some other things. We met the week before, too, and we’ve been just been getting around as things get closer and stuff.”
Fulton also offered an explanation as to some of those “other things” that were being floated around.
Earlier in the week, the cornerback contemplated bringing South Carolina and Texas A&M back into the fold before ultimately deciding to keep his scheduled official visit to Florida for this weekend.
Fulton had to eliminate the Gamecocks and Aggies from the race, a decision that he said did not come easily.
“There was so much to factor in having to leave those two out,’ Fulton explained. “They have great coaching staffs. (Texas A&M) coach (Terry) Joseph — I’ve known since the beginning. But there were certain factors, and it was a sign that wasn’t where I wanted to be at.”