Interest rising for OG Shane Fulp

When it comes to the Fort Worth (Texas) Southwest football team, ESPN 150 receiver Robbie Rhodes and three-star athlete Wesley Harris -- two Baylor commits -- tend to get most of the attention.

Offensive lineman Shane Fulp understands the talented skill-position players wouldn’t get the looks without the support of a steady line -- and vice versa. While recruiters visited the Southwest campus for spring practices to see Rhodes and Harris, they took notice of Fulp, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound interior lineman who also has experience playing tackle.

Fulp has attracted interest from several schools -- including Navy, Texas State, SMU, Air Force, Yale and Harvard -- and he’s hoping to attract more and pull his first offer with a productive 2012 season. He played left tackle as a sophomore and junior and earned all-district honors, but he has been moved to right guard for his senior season -- a position he says is more natural for him.

“It’s been a little different, but I’m really starting to get the hang of it,” Fulp said. “I like inside better. It’s a little more physical. It’s somewhere I feel more comfortable.”

Fulp’s strength is his asset. He bench presses 415 pounds and squats 580. Fulp said he’s been focusing more on his footwork and becoming an even more versatile lineman. Academically, Fulp is just as strong. He is ranked No. 9 in his class of roughly 400 students, and he currently is taking two advanced placement courses.

Fulp is looking to gain more interest from schools, and he is well aware that interest could come with elevated numbers from both Rhodes and Harris, who plays quarterback for Southwest but is expected to play in the secondary for Baylor.

“It’s kind of interesting,” Fulp said, “but I’m just happy to play with really great athletes like those two. I’m happy to block for them.”