May 23, 2008
Fowlkes ready for new era at UT
Steven Fowlkes remembers the hectic period that preceded his signing with the University of Tennessee in February.
"Before I signed, a lot of schools kept calling me," said Fowlkes, who had earlier given his verbal commitment to Phillip Fulmer and the Vols.
So, how did life change after National Signing Day?
"Relief. It's a relief to have it over," said the lanky, 6-foot-5, 213-pounder from Banneker High School (College Park, Ga.).
Fowlkes has blended the close of his senior year of high school -- "one of the best times of your life," he said -- with a disciplined approach toward his pending arrival in Knoxville.
"I didn't run track this year but I've been working on my strength and trying to improve my speed," said Fowlkes, a 4A All-State selection who corralled 24 passes for 400 yards and six touchdowns. "I want to run a good 4.5. My goal is to improve in coming in to Tennessee."
Fowlkes hopes to be on campus as quickly as possible. We caught up with him to find out his favorite memories and what he will most miss about home.
Getting to know Fowlkes
What will you most miss about home?
"Being around family. I might get a little bit homesick at first. But my family is what I will most miss."
What is your best high school memory?
"I had a game my senior season where I scored three touchdowns and had three sacks. That was the best."
Quarterback sack or touchdown? What's your preference?
"(laughing) Scoring touchdowns."
Who are your heroes and why
"My mom (Regina) and dad (Steve). They've done so much for me."
If you could have dinner with three people, who would it be?
"It definitely would have to be the next president, and I think Barack Obama will be the next president. I really respect him, and he would be the first black president. I'd like to have it with him.
"Calvin Johnson (former Georgia Tech and current Detroit Lion) to talk to him about playing wide receiver and stuff like that.
"And my dad, because he never got a chance to sit down to dinner with us very much. He's busy a lot. He usually works at night time, so when I come home from school, he's gone. Sometimes I don't see him a lot."
Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
"I just like praying. Coach would get all the receivers in a circle and pray. I don't know if they do that at Tennessee, so I might just pray on my own."
Any music you listen to that gets you pumped up?
"Usually, Lil' Wayne."
What's your dream car?
"Lamborghini, a red Lamborghini."
What was your favorite or most memorable recruiting moment?
"When I had one of my visits to Tennessee, I think it was Aaron's father (David Douglas), he said if you ever need a place, come to my house to lay your head. Just come on over. It's like a family, and I think that's what got to me the most."
Is that when you knew for sure that it was Tennessee?
"I just felt like that was the best fit for me. I wanted to go in the SEC, and I just needed to find somewhere that was going to fit for me and what I was trying to accomplish. Once I went to the Georgia-Tennessee game, I felt that atmosphere and said this is where I want to play at."
What do you like to do in your free time?
"I just like chillin' with friends. Joking with friends. Just hanging out."
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