Walker: Kristian Fulton proud to be a Rummel Raider _lowres

Kristian Fulton, Rummel defensive back

One of the state’s top football players has committed to play in the Under Armour All-American football game.

Rummel defensive back Kristian Fulton committed to play in the showcase of the nation’s top players Monday.

“That game was just always a dream,” Fulton said. “That’s the game I always watch. I respect the U.S. Army (All-American) Game too, but I decided to follow my dream.”

The Under Armour Game will be played in January at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Fulton recorded 11 interceptions as a junior on his way to being named The New Orleans Advocate’s Defensive Player of the Year for Large Schools.

The 11 interceptions came despite having to sit out Rummel’s first three games with a shoulder injury. He had two interceptions in his first game back and recorded three interceptions in a game against Holy Cross.

He also recorded 27 tackles (16 solo) and had eight pass breakups.

Unlike the past few years when New Orleans area players like Leonard Fournette, Speedy Noil, Gerald Willis and Tyron Johnson made their college choices during the game, Fulton plans to make a decision before then.

He has yet to narrow down his college choices, but has a long list of offers including LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Arizona State.

“I haven’t narrowed it down yet because I have more visits to take,” said Fulton. “… I’m looking for a school with a great coaching staff that can get me better as a player and a person and a school that is going to compete for championships. I want to win and of course early playing time.”

Fulton is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and is the nation’s fourth best cornerback, according to that recruiting website. He is one of three players from the New Orleans area already committed to play in the game, joining John Curtis offensive lineman Willie Allen and John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity.

Fulton and the Raiders are seeking to win their third state title in four years after winning it all in 2012 and 2013.

“My goals are to win a state championship and to be a better leader for my team,” Fulton said. “And I want to try to have more interceptions.”

Jennings continues to shine

Gabrielle Jennings, a rising senior at First Baptist, finished second over the weekend at the Girl’s High School Invitational Full Mile in the Music City Distance Carnival at Vanderbilt. Jennings ran a personal best time of 4 minutes, 52.50 seconds in the mile.

Her 1,600-meter time, using the standard conversion, would have been 4:50.8.

Jennings also finished sixth at the Golden South Classic in Orlando in late May.

Jarreau makes another list

DeJon Jarreau, a 6-foot-5 point guard at McDonogh 35, made another national rankings list.

Jarreau is ranked the nation’s 60th best player, according to the ESPN Top 100 rankings released Tuesday.

Jarreau was ranked No. 49 in Scout’s Top 100 released last week. He is one of three players from Louisiana ranked in ESPN’s rankings.

He is joined by North Caddo power forward Robert Williams (54) and Natchitoches Central power forward Cameron Lard (94).