Kentucky Football: Luke Fulton transfers from Michigan State to the Wildcats

Kentucky football coach Vince Marrow. Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky football coach Vince Marrow. Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

Kentucky football adds linebacker depth in transfer Luke Fulton.

Kentucky Football had a busy Wednesday morning on national signing day. Luke Fulton announced his intention to transfer out of East Lansing and the Michigan State program and head south to Lexington to join the Kentucky Football program.

Fulton joins Trevin Wallace as the two signings to ink their names on National Signing Day.

If the NCAA passes the new transfer rule Fulton would be eligible immediately this fall, and will theoretically still have four years of eligibility remaining. Immediate eligibility would be optimal seeing as Kentucky will definitely need the depth at the linebacker position.

Fulton was a four-star prospect out of Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown, Ohio, which is the same high school as Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and assistant coach Vince Marrow hail from. He redshirted his freshman year and did not play as a sophomore.

He stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 240-pounds Fulton is an all-around athlete who also played basketball, baseball, and track in high school.  He will help the team’s GPA as well as being an excellent student in the classroom and was he was a member of the National Honor Society.

Fulton does come with a bit of a catch, he was suspended back in October from the Michigan State program for an aggravated assault charge from a month prior due to an altercation at a frat party. Fulton didn’t play at all for the Spartans in 2020.

Fulton accepted a plea deal from a Michigan law that granted him Holmes Youthful Trainee Act status that closes his record to the public as long as no other offenses are committed before he turns 24.

Mark Stoops thoughts on Fulton

"“I’ve known Luke for a long time and watched him play for a long time, we’re grateful to add him to our program and the contributions he will bring at inside linebacker.”"

If Fulton is eligible immediately he is expected to get significant time at the middle linebacker position and will compete with Marquez Bembry, and D’Eryk Jackson for playing time this fall.

Fulton was rated one of the top players in Ohio out of high school and ranked #19 at his position nationally, he chose Kentucky over N.C. State, and West Virginia among several others.

Next. Kentucky steals a stud linebacker in Trevin Wallace. dark