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Nick Fulwider didn’t see it coming at all.
Apart from Twitter follows from Michigan State running backs coach Dave Warner and defensive ends coach Mark Snyder, the Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) defensive end hadn’t gotten the sense the Spartans were anywhere near offering.
But on Wednesday, the 3-star junior in the 247Sports composite got a call from his coach, Brett Garvin, telling him they had done just that.
— Nicholas Fulwider (@nIcKatNiGhT36) May 24, 2017
“I was really happy, but I was really shocked,” Fulwider said. “It was kind of all over the place. Me and my mom were both kind of like, ‘What?!’ ”
It has to take a lot to shock Fulwider with an offer. He’s already got more than 25 of them. And at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, with the speed to play defensive end, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to those who have seen him play.
Asked what makes him stand out and has led to the widespread attention, Fulwider brought up exactly that.
“In my opinion, it would have to be the height and my speed,” he said, “how fast I take off the ball, and my pass-rush ability.”
The interest down south has been heavy. Fulwider has visited Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, and he has received offers from all of them.
But at Michigan State he doesn’t even know who will be his main recruiter. Still, that hasn’t stopped him from saying he’ll “definitely” be considering the Spartans down the road. The next step will be a visit.
“I’ll have to ask my mom,” he said of traveling to East Lansing, “but I have a feeling we might be able to take a visit up there.”
Fulwider is in no rush to come to a decision. In fact, he’ll likely wait until around December, once he has taken all the official visits on his list. He won’t be able to significantly cut down his massive list until he sees the schools up close.
“We’ve narrowed it down a little bit, but we still have to visit more schools to actually narrow it down,” he said, “so that’s what we’re doing this summer so I can kind of have a feel for the campuses and everything.”
Spartans offer another junior college prospect
If you read our notebook on Tuesday, you know about Iowa Western offensive tackle Anthony McKinney and his Michigan State offer. On Thursday, the Spartans offered McKinney’s teammate, fellow offensive lineman Josh Knipfel.
— IWCC Reiver Football (@ReiverFootball) May 25, 2017
McKinney and Knipfel were both part of a front five that allowed just 5 sacks in 2016. Both are expected to be ready to join a Division I program in time for the 2018 season.
Knipfel stands 6-7 and weighs 320 pounds, per his Iowa Western profile, and could offer the Spartans assistance at either guard or tackle.
Spartans still in contention for talented RB
Usually if there’s a list of top schools containing more than 10 you can just forget about it. That’s too many teams to get excited about the inclusion of a single one.
But keep an eye on Lyn-J Dixon. The speedy 3-star running back from Taylor County (Ga.) put out his top 12, and the Spartans were the lone Big Ten team included. That said, they’ll have to contend with such schools as Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas for a commitment.
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— Lyn-J Dixon 🙏🏽📚🏈 (@im_Next23) May 25, 2017
But the Spartans will surely stay the course and see if they can get Dixon in for a visit. Running back is one of their biggest needs in the 2018 class, and Dixon could be a smashing pickup if they manage to pull it off.