SAN ANTONIO - Jordan Fuller will restart the recruiting process soon enough.
Once the dead period lifts, Fuller will plow through three more official visits en route to a commitment near or on National Signing Day. But for now the four-star cornerback from Old Tappan, N.J., wants to use the U.S. Army All-American Bowl stage to shine.
“What I want to work on is my position when the ball is in the air,” Fuller said after the first day of practice. “That’s what I’m most focused on. Really on Saturday I want to prove I’m the best cornerback out here.”
Only a few programs remain in play for Fuller.
Notre Dame hosted an official visit last month, getting Fuller on campus for its postseason awards show. Fuller plans to see Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State in some order during the next few weeks.
Getting a first official visit out of the way helped Fuller not only get answers about the Irish but figure out how to handle future trips too.
“Really just getting around the players because a lot of times on my unofficials I didn’t get around the players too much,” Fuller said. “But on these officials I want to get around the players and see how mesh with them.”
Fuller did just that in South Bend, connecting in particular with freshman quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Both are New Jersey products. Wimbush told Fuller what he can expect should he choose Notre Dame.
“Just the balance between education and football,” Fuller said. “I know a couple kids on the team too, so that helps. They say they don’t BS you. It’s all good vibes really there. They tell me I’ve gotta work hard definitely on and off the field but I’m not afraid of that.”
Area recruiter Scott Booker and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght have expressed similar messages. Fuller understands Notre Dame isn’t for everyone and embraces that fact.
“I know I would be pushed to be the best I could be,” Fuller said. “I’m not afraid of that. I know some kids are and that makes them shy away from Notre Dame. But I don’t mind it at all.”
Fuller will spend the upcoming visits comparing Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State against what he learned at Notre Dame. He’s also done some of that during the dead period by watching bowl games.
He flipped between the Notre Dame-Ohio State matchup in the Fiesta Bowl and Michigan’s rout of Florida in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day. One of the things Fuller learned is none of those options should be considered bad.
“They’re all great teams,” Fuller said. “I know Notre Dame has some injuries so they were playing a little below their level. But yeah, great teams. They showed some great stuff.”