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October 23, 2012

Fulwood strived to be an All-American as a freshman


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At 6-foot-4, 189-pounds Ahmad Fulwood has the size of an elite athlete, but that didn't make him an All-American. He worked hard and took advantage of his opportunities.

Fulwood started on the junior varsity team as a freshman and always knew he was one play away from getting the call to varsity.

The four-star split end said, "I remember it vividly. The coach decided to bring me up to varsity as a third stringer. The next week the starter broke his finger and I moved to second string. Then in the fourth game the starting safety hurt his ankle and I became the starter. It was pretty ridiculous how it all happened."

From that point on Fulwood went on to become the most decorated football player in Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny's history and the school's first U.S. Army All-American. Last season, he hauled in 43 passes for 1,100 yards and 22 touchdowns.

"Honestly, being an All-American never really crossed my mind. I knew I had the capabilities. I didn't really recognize it until my sophomore year though. I started going to camps and competing against the top prospects and I realized I can play at a high level," Fulwood said.

The New Jersey-born receiver moved to the Sunshine State when he was two years old. Basketball was his first love and he began playing at the age of three. At six he picked up a football and it has consumed him since.

He committed to Florida in April to then wide receiver coach, Aubrey Hill over offers from Clemson, Georgia, and USC. Hill suddenly resigned in August before the start of the season much to the dismay of many Gator recruits.

Fulwood said, "It was tough losing Coach Hill, but coach Bush Hamdan has done a good job. He is a laid back coach. I know I can come in and compete for early playing time. I like the other receivers we are bringing in this class like Alvin Bailey, Chris Thompson, and Marqui Hawkins."

On Sundays, he enjoys watching NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, and Calvin Johnson. His game is similar to the big, physical pass-catchers.

"I've met Andre Johnson and was very cool, chill. I don't really have a favorite. I like all three and try my best to play like them."

He is excited to take part in the game and travel to Texas. "I'm not going to lie I hear the practices are hard. Much harder than the Under Armour game. That's one of the reasons I chose this game," he said.

When he is on the field at the Alamodome it will be strange because it will be his last time lacing up his cleats as a high school standout. The next time he puts on pads will be when he arrives in Gainesville.

"It's crazy how time has flown by. I can't believe I will be playing my last high school game in a few weeks. Then playing with the guys in San Antonio will be it until next season," he said.



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