The question is whether or not the 6-foot-1, 197-pound athlete from Old Tappan, N.J., already has his mind made up. On Monday night Jordan Fuller announced plans to reveal his commitment – Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan are the finalists – on Feb. 1, a couple days before National Signing Day. Fuller indicated he’d reveal his pick on a video that goes up on social media.
Brian Kelly is scheduled to be in New Jersey on Wednesday for his in-home visit with Fuller, with Ohio State and Michigan likely headed to the Northeast as well. Multiple Irish assistant coaches will join Kelly, including area recruiter Scott Booker.
While many see the Buckeyes as the leader moving toward decision day, multiple sources told Irish Illustrated that Fuller has been a difficult read for coaching staffs this cycle.
Fuller, whose older brother Devin Fuller plays receiver at UCLA after being pitched an opportunity to work at quarterback, didn’t begin taking official visits until December with Notre Dame up first. Fuller attended The Echoes on Dec. 11, with five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly the other official visitor that weekend.
During the visit Fuller connected with friend Brandon Wimbush, with the quarterback also a New Jersey product. That preexisting relationship made Fuller believe he was getting a straight take on the Irish program, for better or worse.
“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.”
Fuller followed up with official visits to Ohio State (Jan. 15) and Michigan (Jan. 22).
The Wolverines have five verbal commitments from New Jersey already with Fuller and five-star defensive lineman Rashan Gary, the nation’s top overall prospect, also in play. Both Fuller and Gary were in Ann Arbor last weekend, although the return was an unofficial visit for Gary.
Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State all project Fuller at cornerback, although the Irish opened their approach by projecting Fuller at safety. That changed during the official visit weekend to South Bend as Notre Dame worked to move up the list.
In terms of how Fuller fits into the recruiting classes of his finalists, the Irish have the biggest secondary haul committed by far with seven prospects on board. The Buckeyes have four committed while the Wolverines have just two.