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Finally, some good recruiting news for Tar Heels
In the midst of such a difficult football season, it was starting to get hard to remember the last time the North Carolina football program had a good week.
Between a host of injuries contributing to an already non-bowl-eligible season and the loss of 4-star quarterback Tyler Shough to Oregon, the Tar Heels football program hasn’t had a truly positive week on either the recruiting trail or between the lines in quite a while.
That all changed last week. Although the team was off, it picked up two commitments on the recruiting trail with Nick Fulwider and Devon Lawrence. Fulwider, a 3-star defensive end from Tyrone, Ga., got things started on Thursday when he announced his commitment to the Tar Heels. Lawrence, a 3-star running back from Wake Forest (N.C.) High School, made his announcement Friday.
“[North Carolina has a] great atmosphere,” Fulwider said in an interview with Rivals’ Jarrod Hardy. “I just believe that my spiritual and academic needs will be met there.”
Fulwider, the cousin of former Tar Heels tight end Richard Quinn, selected North Carolina over Vanderbilt and Arkansas, the two schools that had been connected to the defensive end the most over the last couple of months. In total, Fulwider accrued 28 offers.
The commitment comes on the heels of Fulwider’s latest visit to Chapel Hill, the Oct. 27 matchup against Miami. It was on that visit that Fulwider knew he wanted to play at North Carolina, according to Hardy, and he just needed to talk things over with his family before making it official.
Fulwider is North Carolina’s second defensive line commitment in the Class of 2018 along with 3-star Richmond, Va. defensive end Chris Collins.
In Fulwider, North Carolina isn’t just getting a talented football player, it’s getting someone who takes his life off the field just as serious. In his interview with Hardy, Fulwider indicated that because he can’t follow his original academic plan of majoring in mechanical engineering at North Carolina, he’ll go the biomedical engineering route instead.
Fulwider already possesses college-level size at 6-foot-7, 249 pounds. It doesn’t look like he’ll stop there, either. Now that his senior season is finished with Sandy Creek High School just missing the Georgia 4-A state playoffs, Fulwider intends to put on weight. Ultimately, the North Carolina coaching staff sees him as a fit on the interior of the defensive line.
“[I am] God fearing, dominating and passionate about the game,” Fulwider told Rivals. “I can play inside and out. Coach said that I would probably end up inside as I gain weight and grow, which is fine, I love DT.”
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