Not often does a player rank among the WPIAL's top five rushers as a sophomore, only to be moved out of the backfield by his senior season.
P.J. Fulmore takes it as a compliment.
The Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic star ran for 1,820 yards as a sophomore tailback, then quarterbacked the Trojans to WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships as a junior last season.
Now the 5-foot-7, 180-pound senior will add receiver to his repertoire. He could line up anywhere from wildcat quarterback to tailback to the slot.
“Right now that's the plan,” North Catholic coach Bob Ravenstahl said. “If we just had him playing running back, he'd be one of the top choices. He's one of the most versatile guys in the WPIAL.”
The Trojans return quarterback Adam Sharlow, who was lost to a torn ACL in Week 7, as well as 1,100-yard rusher Jerome Turner, a senior.
“I just like having the ball in my hands,” said Fulmore, who has made a verbal commitment to Duquesne. “I'll play anywhere. I just like being on the field.”
Fulmore ran for 1,213 yards and 14 touchdowns and passed for 388 yards and three scores last year. But he starred in the slot at seven-on-seven camps, which prompted North Catholic to consider splitting him wide.
“A lot of teams had trouble covering him,” Ravenstahl said. “He's a great receiver. He's just very difficult to defend. He has great leaping ability and obviously great hands, and once he catches the ball, he's a threat as a runner.”
Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.
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