Fuller Talks Irish Commitment

The weekend was full of excitement for Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, PA.) wide receiver Will Fuller as he made a change in his college commitment. IrishEyes.com caught up with Fuller for all the details about his switch from Penn State to Notre Dame

With a couple of Notre Dame commitments on campus to meet him, Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, PA.) four-star wide receiver Will Fuller received the red carpet treatment during his unofficial visit to Notre Dame.

The results were favorable for Irish fans as Fuller soon gave his verbal pledge after leaving the Notre Dame campus.

"I loved the visit as my mother and I went down there for the weekend," said Fuller. "I wasn't going to go there at first because I had given my recommitment to Penn State. However, my recruiting coach from Notre Dame asked me to call him and he influenced me to come up there for a visit."

It didn't take long for Fuller to see why so many people love Notre Dame.

"As soon as I saw campus I loved it," said Fuller. "Every coach knew who I was, and a couple of the other commits made the trip to campus and that was cool. They made the trip just to see me as they knew I was coming."

Fuller's future teammates took an active role in getting him into the group during his visit.

"Mike Heuerman, James Onwualu and Jaylon Smith were all there," said Fuller. "It was great as we all got along and bonded. When I took my tour of campus, they went along and were showing me things just like the tour guide. So they helped my decision too."

Another thing Fuller came away happy about was the time he spent with Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin. While some have speculated Fuller could find his way to the defensive side of the ball, he said the Irish coaches have only talked about him being on offense.

"Coach Martin showed me how he was going to use me in the offense," said Fuller. "I've not heard anything about playing cornerback. All I know is the plan is to use me as a receiver and that was real exciting. I also got a chance to speak with head coach Brian Kelly.

"The education at Notre Dame is top notch. While it was hard to decommitt from Penn State, if I had never committed there, it would have been a no-brainer."

Fuller stressed his change in commitment was not only about what has happened at Penn State, but also what is possible at Notre Dame.

"I think it was more about Notre Dame and the opportunity to be successful," said Fuller. "To be successful off the football field is much greater at Notre Dame than any school I've been to."

Fuller has already let Penn State know about his change but said there is still one thing he needs to do.

"I've talked with my recruiting coach from Penn State," said Fuller. "But I still need to call and speak with head coach Bill O'Brien."

For Fuller the recruiting process seemed smooth until the past few weeks.

"At first I thought the recruiting process was going to be easy with my commitment to Penn State," said Fuller. "But with all the sanctions and the craziness that came out, it's been a little bit overwhelming. But hopefully now it's done, which I think it is."

Other factors playing into Fuller's decision came on and off the field.

"Everything about Notre Dame stood out," said Fuller. "The cathedral was awesome and the whole school is different than other schools and that stood out.

"The football team has a great recruiting class already and they have a need for receivers, so I know I can go in and possible play early."

Look for Fuller to take his official visit to campus in either December or January as the staff is looking to have all the pledges together at one time.


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