2012 Intro: Jody Fuller

MONROE, N.C. -- Just before National Signing Day, North Carolina became the latest school to offer Jody Fuller a scholarship.

"I was at the house one night and I just called [Charlie Williams]," Fuller said. "When I went up to the game I got his card, but I never called him. I was like ‘I came up to the game and everything [and] talked to you all, but nobody has ever come by the school.' He was like ‘Man, you're offered already on our board. We just couldn't come out and talk to you.' He said they were trying to focus on the class that they just closed out."

With the addition of UNC, Fuller now has received eight verbal scholarship offers. Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, NC State, South Carolina, and Tennessee have also offered the 6-foot, 196-pound wide receiver.

A year ago, Fuller didn't imagine he'd be in this situation. Then, last March he posted the top SPARQ rating among underclassmen at the Nike Combine held in Charlotte – 105.15.

Fuller followed that up with a junior season in which he caught 75 passes for 834 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"Jody is a playmaker," Sun Valley head football coach Scott Stein said. "He's a big kid that can also run fast – that's a lethal combination at the high school level.

"We get the ball to him in a lot of different ways… We'll run him deep, we'll run him on screens, we'll do a jet motion across and hand him the ball – we try a lot of different avenues to get the ball to him."

South Carolina became the first school to offer Fuller and the Gamecocks haven't letup since.

"Definitely, South Carolina is my top school," Fuller said. "But, I'm pretty much open to everybody. I just have to talk to people and get to know people.

"[South Carolina] offered me first and they're the school I talk to the most, Coach [Steve] Spurrier came by the other week – they just show the most interest in me right now."

Since offering, UNC has begun to make up lost ground.

"I've talked to [Williams] a few times and he said they want me to come back down to their campus and see how I like their place," Fuller said. "He said ‘Just give us a chance.' He asked me ‘Who my top school was.' I told him ‘South Carolina is my top school right now.' And he was like ‘You need to come to our place and give us a fair shot.'"

Good thing for UNC – and other schools – Fuller is nowhere close to making a verbal commitment. He plans on taking all five of his official visits this fall before deciding.

"First, I want to see how comfortable I feel there [at the school]," Fuller said. "And I want to go somewhere where I can play early and get a chance to make a name for myself."

In the meantime, Fuller will continue to make unofficial trips. Besides UNC (for the NC State football game), he has visited Clemson, Florida, NC State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He also plans on attending several camps this summer.

"I'm going to go to a few places [for camps] – probably the places I don't have offers from or maybe [I'll camp with schools that have offered me] to see how much I like being coached by those people," Fuller said.

When Fuller was a freshman, UNC signed his teammate Ray Ray Davis. When Davis failed to qualify, he was placed at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. Davis recently signed with Division II Emporia State.

"I knew him and he talked to me," Fuller said. "I see him a few times on Facebook. I know him, but we're not super close. His situation [with UNC] won't impact me."

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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