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Nebraska Football Recruiting

Ruud a Key Figure in Recruitment of 3-Star LB Luke Fulton

April 5, 2018
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A lot of high schoolers use their spring break to take a family vacation or just get some rest and relaxation. Three-star LB (HV Rating: 85.7) Luke Fulton‍ from Youngstown, Ohio, used his spring break to make some important college visits. Over the last week, Fulton started out in Nebraska on Saturday before making his way to Iowa, Notre Dame and Michigan State. Overall, he enjoyed his week of trips.

“I think it was good," Fulton said. "The best way to go through the recruiting process is to put your feet on campus and see everything in person. Every place is different. They all had their own feel in the sense that Nebraska was the tough, hard-working mentality. It was about team and being hard-nosed. All the tradition at Notre Dame is cool. Michigan State was great, a really cool place all around. So, every place had a different thing to bring to the table.”

Fulton has over 30 scholarship offers at this point from most of the top schools in the Midwest, but will likely continue to see his recruitment blow up. As for his time at Nebraska, Fulton was there during the junior day event, and he got the VIP treatment for the Huskers' coaching staff.  

“It was very personalized while I was at Nebraska which was cool," Fulton said. "I got to see everything. I got to see campus, toured the whole facility and stadium. I got to really sit down and talk to Coach Barrett Ruud for a while in his office. I was kind of separated from the junior day and went to talk with him for a long time. We talked about life, their defense which he explained to me on where he would see me fitting in. I got to talk with Coach [Scott] Frost as well. It was a really great trip.”

If I had to pinpoint one of the top reasons for Fulton’s high interest in Nebraska, it would be his relationship with Ruud. Fulton can relate to Ruud, and the two have grown close through the process as they talk often.

“I think we have a really close relationship at this point," Fulton said. "He’s definitely a guy that I could see myself playing for and learning from. He’s Nebraska’s all-time leading tackler so he’s been through everything that I want to achieve. So, I think that’d be cool to be coached and mentored by a guy like that.”

Right now, he doesn’t have any other visits planned for the spring. He told me that he’s been making a lot of visits lately so he is going to take some time to sort things out. Pretty soon, he will be figuring out which schools he wants to take officials to and he will be taking those officials before his senior season. Fulton also has a timeline in mind for a decision and some clear traits he is looking for in a school.

“I want to enjoy the process because it started back during my sophomore year and keep narrowing things down," he said. "I want to make a decision before senior year starts just so I can have that peace of mind and move forward with things, plus put a lot of effort into my senior year. I would definitely, first and foremost, want to go somewhere I know I’d be happy and comfortable there. Somewhere I’d feel like I’d fit in and enjoy myself outside of football. Somewhere I know has a good culture in place so I can become a better football player and man in the process. Then, on the football side of things, I’d be developed to my full potential and reach my goals as a football player.”  

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