High School Sports

Manning's Fulton is taking his time

Senior defensive back John Fulton is among the state’s top college prospects.
Senior defensive back John Fulton is among the state’s top college prospects.

ROEBUCK - John Fulton wants to announce his college choice right now.

But the Shrine Bowl defensive back from Manning said he plans to wait until Jan. 2 to name the school with which he will sign a National Letter of Intent.

He is deciding between USC and Alabama.

"I want to announce it soon, just to get it out there," Fulton said between practices at Dorman High on Monday. "But I'm going to give myself these extra few weeks to let it settle in and be sure."

Fulton also is waiting for his father to return home from Iraq, where he has been deployed since March. Fulton has been mailing his father tapes of all of his games, but wants his father to be there for his announcement.

Though he is almost certain which of the dozen schools that offered him scholarships is right for him, Fulton has told no one his choice, and said he hopes by the new year his few lingering questions will be answered.

"You know when you get that feeling in your gut and you're just comfortable with your decision," Fulton said.

Quarles hurts ankle

South Carolina-bound defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles rolled his left ankle during the morning practice, and participated in limited drills in the afternoon.

The 6-foot-5 tackle from Greenwood should recover quickly and could still be a major contributor on Saturday.

Soft hands

DeAndre Hopkins, a Clemson commitment, displayed soft hands in the first Sandlapper practices. The wide receiver said he was comfortable with his routes, and his main concern is getting in sync with quarterbacks Dylan Thompson - a future Gamecock - and Cody Craig.

"It's a different offense from what we run at Daniel and both of these quarterbacks throw different balls than I'm used to," Hopkins said.

After playing basketball for a few weeks, Hopkins said he also was working to get his timing back. His struggles were not apparent on the field; he dropped two balls all day.

Two sports at USC?

Bruce Ellington, who has accepted a South Carolina basketball scholarship, said he is cherishing his last days on the football field.

"You always want to play in an all-star game and it's gonna be my last football game so I'm going to give it my all," Ellington said.

Ellington practiced mostly at running back on Monday, and expects that will be his role in his final football game. The time on the field this week has made him think of adding football to his college schedule.

"But I'm going to stick with basketball for now," he said.