Uncommitted: Devin FullerHigh school: Northern Valley (Old Tappan, N.J.)Position:
6-1, 190Top 100 rank:
Arizona, Baylor, Nebraska, Rutgers, TCU, UCLAMore uncommitted players: Aziz Shittu
, Josh Garnett
, D.J. Foster
Talent in New Jersey has been on the rise in recent years. The class of 2012, featuring Northern Valley sensation Devin Fuller, is further proof.
The multi-talented Fuller recently capped off a fine career as a four-year starter behind center for Brian Dunn's offense. As a junior, Fuller rushed for a whopping 2,306 yards and 32 touchdowns while registering 1,844 yards and 20 scores through the air, earning the attention of numerous colleges across the country.
Tom Lemming projects Fuller as an athlete or cornerback at the next level. However, Fuller has made it clear that he wants to play quarterback in college.
In fact, how Fuller fits into a prospective team's offense could be the single most decisive factor in his recruitment.
"I think where he fits in with the coaching staff and team (is important) and who really believes in him at quarterback," said Bart Fuller, Devin's father. "And that's really going to be his gut feeling."
Fuller has slow-played the recruiting process, keeping his options open and making numerous visits. He's already taken official visits to TCU, UCLA, and Nebraska. His official visit to Rutgers is this weekend, where he'll be joined by a number of other top Garden State recruits with whom he is close.
He recently decided to take his fifth official visit to Arizona. Notre Dame briefly flirted with Fuller but both parties went their separate ways when No. 1 quarterback Gunner Kiel enrolled there
Many people around New Jersey feel that he'll land in Piscataway, as he's visited the school numerous times and has a good relationship with the coaches, players and current commits.
However, the Scarlet Knights run a pro-style offense and it remains to be seen how Fuller would fit.
"It'll be interesting to get there and see that conversation of what that looks like because they're a pro style," Bart said. "That's what I'm interested to hear, how that fits his skill set."
While Devin has connections to TCU (Bart's alma mater) and Arizona (met Rich Rodriguez while he was with the CBS College Sports Network), and enjoyed his trip to UCLA, the stiffest competition Rutgers has is Nebraska.
The style of offense that Nebraska runs perfectly suits Fuller and he enjoyed his visit to Lincoln.
With an announcement possibly coming on January 28, Fuller's birthday, all of Fuller's finalists will likely be making a final push.TCU (slim shot):
Fuller's father Bart played here, but it doesn't seem like a serious possibility for Devin.Arizona (still alive):
Now that Arizona has landed Fuller's last visit, Rich Rodriguez could deliver a Grade-A sales pitch to Devin, highlight the success of dual-threat quarterbacks in his previous offenses.UCLA (still alive):
Fuller enjoyed his UCLA trip, and with how well the Bruins have been recruiting lately, they remain a possibility.Rutgers (good shot):
It's close to home. It's what he's familiar with. It's a place where he already has numerous relationships. Rutgers is in good position and definitely has a chance to close the deal.Nebraska (front-runner):
Judging from his finalists, it appears that Fuller is serious about finding the best fit for him, regardless of where that school is located. Nebraska would give him the opportunity to take the reins of an offense that matches his talents for a program that annually ranks among the nation's best.