March 3, 2009

Massive Illinois OL checks out Spartans

When a player checks in at 6-foot-5, 315-pounds and has a brother that is getting ready for the NFL draft, he is sure to get a lot of attention. That is exactly the case for Zach Fulton of Homewood-Flossmoor High School. The massive lineman has been making the rounds this spring and SpartanMag.com spoke with him last night.

Fulton is the bother of Illni offensive lineman Xavier Fulton. The younger Fulton is bigger than his older brother and may end up being a higher-level prospect before all is said and done. We asked him about the teams that he is hearing from and the junior days he has attended.

"The first junior day I went to was Iowa," he said. "I also went to Notre Dame, that wasn't a junior day, but I got a personal tour of the campus sand they told me what type of academic requirements I will need. Then I went up to Michigan State. On Sunday I was at Illinois and on Saturday I was at Purdue. I plan on getting back up to Iowa for a spring practice and I think I am going to go to Notre Dame's Spring Game."

So how was the Michigan State visit?

"It was nice. It was a lot like the other visits. We toured the facilities and then talked about the academic opportunities. We left before the basketball game."

Though he is listed as a tackle in the Rivals.com database, Fulton actually projects as an offensive guar in college.

For teh Spartans, Offensive Line Coach Dan Roushar is serving as Fulton's primary recruiter. Coach Roushar handles all Illinois recruitng for Michigan State.

SpartanMag.com asked Fulton what teams are saying as far as scholarship offers, have any pulled the trigger yet?

"They are all saying the same thing," he said. "They want me to get my academics straight and then they will offer me."

Michigan State is often pretty selective as far as offensive line prospects and likes to have them attend a day of camp session before they put the full court press on a recruit. We asked Fulton about his camp plans?

"I am not sure yet. I think I am going to go to a NIEK Camp and my team always goes to the Illinois Linemen Camp so I know I will be going there."

Michigan State started recruiting Fulton earlier this year after going into Homewood-Flossmoor High School to recruit defensive end Michael Buchanan. It might be difficult for any team to beat out the Illini as Coach Zook has now rung the bell at Homewood-Flossmoor several years in a row. However, another non-bowl season is not going to sit well in Champaign.

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep tabs on Fulton's recruitment over the coming months. As of right now Fulton indicated that he plans on taking his time with his recruitment and wants to take several official visits before he makes his decision. If things go as planned, Fulton could have a host of top Midwest program to choose from when his senior season rolls around.


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