Nov 9, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood (5) is congratulated by Florida Gators wide receiver Quinton Dunbar (1) after he scored a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the Florida Gators 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

100 Days of Florida Football: No. 5 Ahmad Fulwood

Ahmad Fulwood was part of a wide receiving class that was going to change the shape of Florida’s passing game. He, Demarcus Robinson, Alvin Bailey, and Chris Thompson were supposed to have the explosive plays the Gators have been missing from a wide out since Percy Harvin was in town. The all four of them have a unique skill set and have at least two more years to develop. He’s also the player UF C commit Tyler Jordan is most looking forward to playing with. Fulwood and the rest of the class now have a chance to make good on their potential and help the Gators offense be explosive once again.

Jacksonville has been kind to UF, giving the Gators some great players in the past. Fulwood is no exception. He played his ball at Bishop Kenny High School and excelled. His junior showcased his status as a top tier WR. Fulwood caught 46 passes for 1,141 yards and 22 TDs. He showed a nose for the endzone as nearly half of his catches went for touchdowns. His fantastic season led him to be invited to Nike’s The Opening between his junior and senior years as one of the best prospects of the 2013 class. He also participated in the U.S. Army Combine to show off his abilities. Fulwood’s senior season for the Crusaders cemented his status as one of the elite pass catchers in prep football. He caught 42 balls for 680 yards and 12 TDs, going for a 16.2 yards per catch average.

At 6-4, 200 pounds, Fulwood has the prototypical size for a wide receiver. He also has a unique blend of agility, ball skills, and speed to make him a threat to go the distance whenever he has the ball in his hands, which usually is any time he’s targeted. 247Sports composite rankings had Fulwood as a four-star prospect, ranked as the 11th WR, 18th player in Florida, and 107th overall in the 2013 recruiting cycle. He held offers from a bevy of schools, including Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia, but decided to attend Florida to try and boost the receiving corps.

In his first season in Gainesville, Fulwood was able to play in all 12 games. He had a slow start to his career, catching only one pass for five yards in the first five games (season opener against Toledo). But as he adjusted to the offense and the speed of the college game, Fulwood really came on in the last seven games. He caught 16 passes for 122 yards and a ridiculous touchdown catch that showed just how much skill and concentration he has as a wide out.

This season, Fulwood could see an even bigger role. He’s got the size to be a huge redzone target and the top-end speed to take it the distance. He also runs crisp routes, a necessity to thrive in Kurt Roper‘s offense. Fulwood could be one of the Gators top receiving threats and take the pressure from senior Quinton Dunbar. He’ll get his first chance to impress in the new offense in just five days. Happy game week everybody! Beat Idaho!

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