UNC Impresses Fuller

North Carolina was an afterthought for C.J. Fuller until the 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back attended a football game in Kenan Stadium last fall.

"My first time ever seeing North Carolina was the Virginia Tech game," Fuller said. "I didn't look at North Carolina like that, but they started sending me mail saying they wanted to get me up there. So I was like, ‘I'll give it a shot.'

"When I went up there, what really turned me on was how good [Gio Bernard] was and how they used him. I know if I go to North Carolina, they'd put the ball in my hands in a lot of different ways."

For Easley (S.C.) High last season, Fuller rushed for 2,044 yards and 20 touchdowns, and added three more scores on receptions.

The October visit to UNC led Fuller to return to Chapel Hill with his parents this past Saturday for the Tar Heels' Junior Day. For much of the day, Fuller was with Randy Jordan, UNC's running backs coach.

"He was just telling me about the program and how they produce running backs," Fuller said. "He was telling me about the running back that they have going into the draft this year. He was just telling me that if I came there, I'd learn a lot – not just as a player, but I'd grow as a man."

Jordan and Fuller also touched on Fuller's recruiting situation.

"He asked me who's up there with them and I said Clemson," Fuller said. "Yeah, location plays a factor, but I've always liked Clemson growing up [as a fan]. It was like one of the offers I really wanted.

"But when I actually sit down and look at it, I want to find the right school for me and not what I like [as a fan]."

Clemson and UNC are the two schools to have offered Fuller. They are also the only two schools he has visited.

"I don't really have a favorite, but North Carolina and Clemson are up there," Fuller said. "It's wide open right now."

Fuller's stay also included an in-depth campus tour.

"I liked it a lot," Fuller said. "It's all close together – I don't like something that's too far apart. It seems like there is a lot of help there [and] the people there are nice. The environment there is nice. Everything about it, I liked it."

Before the tipoff of the UNC-NC State basketball game, Fuller and his parents headed home.

Fuller's next recruiting visit is March 9 at Georgia Tech.

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