For Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, it is no secret that he loves getting the ball to his receivers. However, with notable Red Raider receivers being upperclassmen, it’s time to reboot the slot position with new and young talent like Corey Fulcher.
The Red Raiders are headed in the right direction with the addition of the three-star wide receiver from Lake Highlands High School. Fulcher said his love for the game started at an early age and he hasn’t given up that passion since.
“I started playing football at the age of three,” Fulcher said. “Just watching football growing up, it became one of my favorite sports to play. So, my mom decided to put me in football when I was little because I would always be carrying around a football.”
Fulcher had many inspirations in his life that have pushed him to be successful. One of which was his older brother.
“My older brother on my dad’s side, growing up he taught me a lot about football,” Fulcher said. “He’s one of the reasons I have this passion for the game because at a young age he taught me a lot.”
The 6-3 tall 180-pound wide receiver has been on varsity for Lake Highlands since his junior season. In his senior season, the wide receiver had some very specific goals set, which he has already come close to accomplishing.
“At the beginning of August, I set a goal that I wanted 15 touchdowns and 1,000 yards, and right now, I have 15 touchdowns and 900 all-purpose yards,” Fulcher said. “Just 100 yards to go.”
It is easy to see how Fulcher has almost met this goal with him getting receptions and seeing significant time running the ball. Fulcher said he prefers to be in the receiver position but he will do anything to help his team win.
“On the offensive side of the ball, my coaches just want to put the ball in my hands any way they can,” Fulcher said. “I just do whatever my team needs me to do so we can win ball games.”
With his senior season coming to a close, Fulcher has his eyes set on hitting the collegiate stage. Even though he only received one offer, Fulcher was pleased because Tech has been his dream destination since he was young.
“I’ve been to Lubbock about three or four times. It’s a great fan base,” Fulcher said. “Tech was one of my favorite schools growing up and I was always watching Michael Crabtree. So, it’s a great fan base and a great group of coaches. They believe I can elevate my game and take it to the next level. Tech just feels like home.”
Crabtree played two years at Tech before being selected as the 10th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2009, according to Tech Athletics.
Being a fan of Tech his entire life, Fulcher said Crabtree stuck out to him and even inspired him to follow in his footsteps.
“I think Crabtree inspired me a lot. Just the way he played the game,” Fulcher said. “He’s the reason I became a Tech fan.”
With his height and weight, Fulcher mimics the likes of current Red Raider wide receivers Dylan Cantrell and Derrick Willies. Both Cantrell and Willies are seeing their final season at Tech meaning there will be big shoes to fill.
Fulcher said he is aware of the work he needs to put in over the offseason so he can get on the field and start making an instant impact.
“I plan on being a hard worker, staying focused and hopefully, I can get playing time right away,” Fulcher said. “Just got to go in there and work hard and catch on to the offensive game.”
With years of preparation on and off the field to become a collegiate athlete, Fulcher said he would not be where he is today if it weren’t for one special mentor.
“My mom pushed me a lot over the years and told me to follow my dreams and keep working hard,” Fulcher said. “I think it was my junior year, I didn’t think I was going to get any looks, and I was already looking at Tech because it’s my dream school. My mom told me to keep working hard and everything paid off.”