Luke Fulton commits to Michigan State
Cardinal Mooney junior commits to Michigan State, coach Dantonio
By Dan Hiner
Cardinal Mooney linebacker Luke Fulton’s twitter account told the story of his offseason.
Over the past several months Fulton appeared in numerous jerseys from Division I schools, archiving his trips along his recruiting trail.
That all came to an end when the junior verbally committed to Michigan State on May 24, less than two months after visiting East Lansing, Mich.
“I remember I tweeted one time about visiting Nebraska and it got over 2,000 likes within a day,” Fulton said.
“[It’s] just kinda crazy things that blow up during the recruiting process. It was cool to see each team’s fan base kinda tag along a little bit throughout the process.”
Fulton is considered one of the top linebackers in Ohio and received 33 Division I scholarships.
The Spartans beat out conference rivals Nebraska, Iowa, and Big Ten runner-up Wisconsin. The final decision came down to the four programs.
Fulton chose the Spartans because they played in the Big Ten East, which he thought was a better fit.
The Big Ten wasn’t the only conference interested in the three-star linebacker. Schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Mid-American Conference, Pacific 12 and Big 12 also had Fulton on their radars.
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops also made an offer to Fulton. But the Cardinal Mooney alum couldn’t pull Fulton away from the Big Ten.
“I gave Kentucky a lot of consideration throughout [the recruiting process], they were my first offer,” Fulton said. “I honestly like the Big Ten over any other conference.”
Fulton has played middle and outside linebacker for the Cardinals. Mark Dantonio’s staff at Michigan State told Fulton he’d play middle linebacker.
The Spartans also told Fulton he has a shot at contributing early, something that helped influence Fulton’s decision.
“Obviously I want to go play college football, not just be a part of it,” Fulton said. “I definitely wanted to go somewhere and play.
“Michigan State — with the kind of team they have, the guys who come in early and play and [don’t] have to redshirt — that was definitely a huge upside to it.”
East assistant and future Chaney head coach Chris Amill helped Fulton through the recruiting process. Amill was the defensive coordinator at Cardinal Mooney before joining the Golden Bears’ coaching staff in 2017.
Fulton said Amill has maintained contact with his former players and helped them through the recruiting process over the last year.
“He really was there for me throughout the year, the whole process — getting me to stay level headed, stay on the right path and not letting me do any bad things,” Fulton said.
With his commitment, Fulton has already achieved one life-long goal. He’ll work to achieve another when practices open up later this summer.
“I can definitely see myself going and trying to achieve the next [goal], pursuing the NFL and working my hardest while I’m at Michigan State and trying to do big things,” Fulton said.