QB or Athlete? Fuller Goes In-Depth

Northern Valley Regional Old Tappan (N.J.) High's Devin Fuller holds close to two dozen offers, with some teams first offering him as a defensive back but then switching to quarterback. Fuller delved deep in to his recruitment, talked about his position of preference, how football will blend with academics in his choice, and what he thinks of Rutgers, his home state school.

Northern Valley Regional Old Tappan High's Devin Fuller is one of the most recruited athletes in New Jersey's 2012 class, and the most surprising thing for the four-star quarterback is exactly that.

There was a seven-offer day in mid-February, and a constant stream of schools continuing to offer the 6-foot, 185-pounder.

"The thing that's surprising is how many offers," said Fuller, who holds close to two dozen. "It came so fast. Right before signing day I had three, and it took off after that. In one day I got seven. I was freakin' out."

Fuller's first offer came from Rutgers, which first envisioned him as a defensive back.

Now, the debate continues as to whether he is a quarterback, cornerback, safety or receiver, and Fuller knows it. For now, even the schools that offered Fuller initially as an athlete or defensive back the pendulum has swung and they are willing to give him a shot at quarterback.

"I was talking to (Rutgers) coach (Greg) Schiano (last week) -- and he's been very truthful with me through this whole process – and we talk a lot, and he didn't know my first love was quarterback and I wanted to play it," Fuller said. "After I talked to him about that, he said, ‘Yeah, whatever you want.'

"He said, ‘We're going to a pro-style offense, but if that what it takes to get you here, we'll put in a lot of Wildcat things for you.' But he was letting me know they were going to a pro-style offense and said, ‘You're not going to be a runner in our offense.' "

However, that does not mean the Scarlet Knights lag behind because much more will go into Fuller's college decision other than his position of choice.

"My first position is quarterback, but if I like the school, and they like me enough, whatever they want me to play, that's what I'll play," Fuller said. "It's a good situation to be in because I can play different positions, but it's a bad one because they can switch me whenever they want.

"All I want is a shot, and if it's not enough, then I'll pick another position."

Fuller moved into the consciousness on the recruiting scene about the same time his highlight video made the rounds.

He completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,886 yards and 20 touchdowns, and he rushed 191 times for 2,306 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior. Defensively, he made 65 tackles and had three interceptions.

"I would love to run the spread," said Fuller, who runs 10.8 seconds in the 100 meters. "That's probably the offense that I want to run. I want to use my ability to the best it can be, but it (won't matter) if I like the school."

So far, Fuller visited Rutgers, Connecticut, Penn State, Boston College and Georgia Tech, which is an intriguing school given its option offense. But that is not what stood out to Fuller.

"It was very nice," he said. "When I went down there, they showed me a great time. The city part was the best part of it, how you can be on campus and walk not even a mile and be in the city. That's what I loved about it."

However, do the Yellow Jackets throw the ball enough to satisfy Fuller?

"I do want to throw the ball more, but there's a lot more to school than football," Fullers said. "The academics are wonderful there. It's hard to beat their academics, and that plays a role."

Fuller has other visits he is thinking about, including a trip to Kansas this weekend.

"That'll be fun," he said. "That's all I really have set up right now. I have to get myself a schedule and then plan around it.

"I want to go out west and hit UCLA. I want to hit the schools that have offered, and I have enough to not really thing about other schools right now. I just want to think about the ones that offered and try to get to all of them and make the right decision."

And, although nothing is set up, Fuller plans on making another visit to Rutgers to check out a spring practice.

"I don't know when I will get there," he said, "but I know I will get there for one because it's so close."

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