Ahmad Fulwood came to Gainesville Thursday excited about seeing The Swamp.
He left with a chance to play in it.
The 2013 receiver from Bishop Kenny in Jacksonville, Fla., earned an offer from Florida head coach Will Muschamp following his workout with receivers coach Aubrey Hill.
“After one-on-ones,” Fulwood said smiling, “Muschamp came up and he told Coach Aubrey that I’d have an offer from Florida when I called.” Coaches are not allowed to offer prospects at camps.
Before Fulwood hit the field, he was given a tour of the football stadium.
“It’s huge,” he said. “The Swamp is definitely a Gainesville landmark. We got to see the weight room and trophy hallway. I love it.”
Then came the camp for Fulwood, and the 6-foot-4, 200-pound wideout said he ran 40 times of 4.49 and 4.50 for the coaches. His numbers caught the attention of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.
“He said it was pretty impressive how big I am and how fast I can run,” Fulwood said. “And he likes that I can catch the ball with my hands.”
Following the workout, it was Weis’ turn to impress Fulwood.
“We sat in his office and he called Andy Reid on the spot,” Fulwood said. “So that was pretty impressive that he’s got head coaches number like that. He’s got those really big connections so if I wanted to go to NFL he showed that he can get me there.”
He also had a chance to meet with Muschamp, who the stressed the prestige of the SEC as well as UF’s academics to the rising junior.
The Gators also have proximity working in their favor.
“I love Florida being right in my back yard,” Fulwood said. “They’re a really good program and I’d love to stay close to home.”
Fulwood also has his eye on childhood favorite Miami, where he will camp on Friday.
“Everybody is like ‘if they offer you, you’re gonna commit,’ ” Fulwood said, “but nobody’s No. 1 in my recruiting process.”
Fulwood said the Gator coaches were aware that he was a Hurricane fan.
‘”The got on me a little bit,” he said. “The usual Florida smack talk. It’s all fun. I just laugh it off. In recruiting I don’t have any favorites.”
Although he many not have a leaderboard, Fulwood said the Gators put themselves in great position for his services.
“That pro-style offense and what Coach Weis has to offer helped (UF chances) a lot,” said Fulwood, who has offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Mississippi, South Carolina and Wake Forest in addition to UF.
Fulwood was accompanied by his teammate, 2014 quarterback John Wolford. The long-time friends have been hitting the camps hard lately, making stops at Clemson, Duke, South Carolina and Wake Forest. They plan on going to Arkansas, Notre Dame and possibly Alabama before summer’s end.
Wolford started as freshman last season for Bishop Kenny and he’s been receiving a lot of recognition for it.
He said BYU is pursuing him the hardest so far, the same school his brother Bobby, a 2012 linebacker, committed to on June 3.
An admitted Gator fan (“you kind of have to be in Jacksonville,” he said), Wolford enjoyed Thursday’s experience and his interactions with Weis.
“He said I’m a young pup,” Wolford said, “but I still have a lot of time to grow and they thought I threw good today.”