Tajarvis Fuller Discusses Illini Commitment

The Fighting Illini football team picked up another commitment Wednesday. Ft. Myers, Florida, defensive back Tajarvis Fuller visited with a group from Dunbar High School and liked everything about the school and program. He discusses his visit and reasons for his commitment in this report.

Tajarvis Fuller, the standout safety from Dunbar High School in Ft. Myers, Florida, committed to Illinois Wednesday. He talks about why he made that decision.

"I liked my visit. Everything was good. I like the tempo, I like the school. The coaches were real cool. I met some of the players, and they showed me a good time last night. I enjoyed myself, and I just felt like being an Illinois Fighting Illini."

When asked what specifically attracted him to the school, he couldn't limit his response to just a couple things.

"I like everything man. Everything's gonna be new when I come in. All the coaches are real cool. I just really enjoyed being here. So why not go ahead and commit?"

Several Dunbar teammates accompanied Fuller on his visit. He shared their itinerary.

"We came in Tuesday and went to the school about 3:00 pm. I got to meet the coaches and stuff like that. We left about 4:30 pm and went to the mall and went downtown. And then about 10:00 pm, some of the players came to get me, and we went out. They showed me a good time."

His visit continued Wednesday.

"We rode around, and they showed us the campus. I saw you've got a real nice underground library. I went to the weight room, and everything was real good in there. The weights and all were all new. I liked it."

Illini assistant coach Joe Gilbert is his recruiting coach. They have developed a good rapport.

"At first I was talking to Coach (Paul) Petrino for maybe about a month and a half. And then their territories got switched around, so I started calling Coach Gilbert.

"The man is real cool. He gives good advice about what I should be looking for in colleges and stuff. And not just Illinois. When I go to any college, this is what you need to be looking for. I just built a relationship with him."

Fuller met his likely position coach Mike Gillhamer on the visit. He found out how the Illini hope to use him.

"I met Coach Gillhamer and talked to him for about 10-15 minutes. They're gonna try me at strong safety and some SAM backer. I can move around and chase the ball."

Fuller's star defensive tackle teammate Christian Brown was expected to make the trip also, but the loss of a family member prevented it.

"My boy Christian, one of his family members got shot, and he had to stay back in town for the funeral. We're gonna take our official visit up here, I think it's November 12th. If he likes it, he's gonna commit also. We want to play together."

Fuller is not through with the recruiting process, but Illinois has the upper hand.

"I'm still gonna take some more visits, see what I like. But Illinois has been my #1 for the last couple of months now. I wanted to get up here and see what it was like. I told my mom, and I told my coaches that if I liked it, I was gonna commit."

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