An impressive list of scholarship offers are rolling toward
Fluellen, one of the top defensive prospects in Georgia.
A 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive end with 4.9 speed,
Fluellen has garnered offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Notre
Dame and Vanderbilt. The Cartersville High School star has also been receiving
strong interest from South Carolina, Duke and North Carolina.
"In no particular order, my favorites are Georgia,
Florida, Maryland, South Carolina and Notre Dame," he said. "I'm just looking
for a place that has a good coaching staff and a nice atmosphere for football."
He said he was a Georgia fan when he was younger, but
has also pulled for the Florida Gators in recent years.
"It's tough when they play each other," Fluellen said.
"They're both favorites of mine, but I've probably been more for Florida the
last couple of years."
He cited the proximity of UGA to his home and family as
a major advantage for the Bulldogs, along with knowing several players and other
friends at the school. As for Florida, he said a visit to Gainesville last year
left him thoroughly impressed. "It's a great place. I loved the campus and the
atmosphere at The Swamp."
Fluellen said Maryland and South Carolina have impressed
him with their coaching staffs and ascension to national prominence in recent
years. "Both of them went from down low to top teams," he said. "Maryland is ACC
champs and South Carolina just keeps getting better with coach (Lou) Holtz."
Notre Dame has his attention with a combination of
tradition and academics. "That's real important to me," he said, noting a 3.3
GPA and 1080 on the SAT.
Fluellen (310 bench, 495 squat) capped his junior season
with 88 tackles, 10 sacks and six forced fumbles as Cartersville compiled a 12-2 record and reached the state quarterfinals.
When asked about the strength of his game, he said:
"Probably my quickness off the ball and my hands. I make a quick first step, and
I use my hands well to keep the linemen off me and make plays."