Summer visit to Nebraska

According to Devin Fuller the Nebraska staff made him the first quarterback offer nationally and that means a lot to him. Mostly because he watched Nebraska's quarterback Taylor Martinez and Nebraska's offense flourish through the first part of the season last year. This summer he will head to Lincoln to see Nebraska in person.

Devin Fuller is busy this spring, but it's not because he's doing football. There can't have spring football practice where he lives so he's been out on the track working on speed and conditioning.

"We don't have spring practices in Northern New Jersey," Fuller said. "I am just doing some spring track right now. It's more for conditioning purposes.

"The college coaches then come to my track practices. Some of the schools that have been by recently are Wisconsin, South Carolina, Alabama, Notre Dame, Rutgers and UCLA plus some others."

It's only May and Fuller says that the recruiting process is pretty out of control. The phone rings constantly and despite everyone needing two minutes of his time he's taking it all in stride.

"Yeah, it's been getting crazy. I can hardly put down my phone right now. It's kind of hectic, but I am handling it pretty well."

There are 27 offers on the table for Fuller of which there are a percentage of them for just quarterback. There is another percentage of them that include a shot at quarterback, but as an athlete.

"I think that I am up to 27 total offers. I would say it's an 80/20 split are saying that I could get a shot at quarterback and about 50% are saying just quarterback.

"I would say either receiver or at defensive back. I have played defense and haven't played much receiver, but I think that I am most effective on the offensive side of the ball."

It's easy to see why some might like the 6-foot-0 and 185-pound Fuller on defense. His sophomore year as a cornerback opposing teams didn't complete a pass to his side of the field.

"My sophomore year I played cornerback and I don't think that I allowed a pass on me all year. My junior year though I moved to safety.

"I can see how people like me on defense, but I just feel that I can impact the game so much more on the offensive side of the football.

"If a cornerback has a great game there are 10 other players on the field that could do something wrong on any given play. If a quarterback has a great game more than likely you are going to win."

Fuller is sitting on a large number of offers, but isn't favoring anyone at the moment. He did say that some offers wowed him when he received them though.

"Right now I don't have any early favorites. No one sticks out. I did get some offers that wowed me because of how far they are away from me or because of the school prestige, but nobody stands out right now."

There are three very important things that Fuller is looking for when it comes to picking out a school. It all starts with academics for him though.

"Number one is going to be academics. Number two is going to be the coaching staff, how I relate to them and how they can develop me for the next level if that is possible. Three is the overall facilities to campus."

Staying close to home isn't a priority for Fuller, but he admits that it might be a benefit. He is holding an offer from nearby Rutgers who happened to offer him first.

"Nothing is telling me to stay closer to home at the moment. I still love Rutgers though. They were the first school to offer me and that is near and dear to my heart. Staying close isn't a priority, but it would be a benefit."

Nebraska will be hosting Fuller later this summer. He says that he likes the offense that Nebraska runs and hopes to gather a lot more information about Nebraska while he is in Lincoln.

"I am planning on taking a visit to Nebraska in July. That's not for a camp, but more for an unofficial visit. I like their offense and that's what I know most about them at the moment.

"I have been doing some research about Nebraska's academics. Most of those questions and getting to talk to the coaches and the players I hope to do on the visit."

Fuller has gotten to know two of the coaches from Nebraska through the process; his recruiting coach and the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. The Nebraska offer wasn't first for Fuller, but it was the first for them.

"I am being recruited by Coach Tim Beck and and Coach Ross Els. Both have been up to the school to see me. I would say that Nebraska is pretty serious about me. I think that I was the first quarterback they offered."

Nebraska's offense last year was led by Taylor Martinez who before he was injured was in the thick of Hesiman contenders. Fuller knows a lot about Martinez and says that Nebraska runs the same offense he does in high school.

"He was a Heisman candidate probably half-way through the season and was putting up some big numbers. He was very good. I love the offense that they run. It's like what I run in high school."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years, covering recruiting and football. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine with Allen Wallace
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