Will Fuller (Wide Receiver, 6'1" 170 pounds)Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia) head coach Joe McCourt spoke with Irisheyes.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn and offered the following of his star pass-catching pupil:
"His hands are impeccable. I don't think I've seen him drop two balls that were right in his hands, whether it was in practice or a game, in the two years I coached him. He's such a sure-handed receiver. He's worked on his route-running. It's almost impossible to cover him one-on-one.
"He's so quick. He's so smooth. He's so long. He can get balls that look like they're overthrown, he goes up and gets them. He's just as effective from 20 (yard line) to 20 (yard line) as he is at the goal line. He's not 6-4, but he's 6-1 and he's long and he's got a good vertical. He'll go up and get a fade over someone two inches taller than him."
Berk on Fuller Fluid athlete who has shown the ability to go over the middle and make the hard catch knowing there is a chance of getting his bell rung. Built with long arms and the ability to go up and catch the ball at its highest point, Fuller could also look at the Philadelphia (PA) native on defense if needed.
Dohn on Fuller: Fuller is 15 pounds and some needed strength away from being a five-star player. He has great hands, runs impeccable routes, has speed to finish plays and accelerates out of breaks very well. He stood out at everycombine and at the Semper Fi all-star game practices. He is athletic and loose enough to play cornerback, but his explosiveness on offense is too much to pass up.
O'Malley's Initial SlottingNotre Dame has 17 defensive backs, including eight cornerbacks, on its 2013 roster. Only one of those players, senior corner Bennett Jackson, exhausts his eligibility following the season.
There's no need for Fuller to move to cornerback as oft-posited last summer, a time when Notre Dame's uncertainty on the perimeter ranked as the 2012 season's chief concern.
As a pure pass-catcher, without due consideration of all other skills needed at the position, Fuller is my No. 1 prospect among the incoming targets. There's more to the college game than catching the ball and body control, but the latter can't be taught at the level Fuller naturally exhibits. He tracks the ball at its highest point and plays taller than his 6'1" listing. Similar to former Irish target Rhema McKnight (2003-06), Fuller seems born to fulfill one athletic endeavor: catch passes all over a football field.
A two-deep spot in the 2013 receivers rotation is available next August/September. Look for Fuller to push for the final regular game week role and a spot with the varsity throughout the practice season.
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