After officially visiting Nebraska two weeks ago for the school's primetime win over Ohio State, the Huskers are in. Rutgers, the first school to offer Fuller and the one with which he claims the strongest relationships, made the cut a month ago.
"I know Nebraska is going to be in my top five," Fuller said today during his U.S. Army All-American ceremony. "I know Rutgers will be in there too. Those are the only two that will definitely be in there. I'm still looking at all of the other schools in my 10 to find the best places for visits. I like all of them equally right now."
During his first official visit, Fuller said the game-day environment in Lincoln, Neb., stood out to him.
"It was very good," Fuller said. "The game was unbelievable. The fans, when I was walking out, they knew my name. Walking through the tunnels, there were high fives and autographs. It was special."
Fuller said that Rutgers will be in the race until the end.
Between receiving his first scholarship offer from the Scarlet Knights one year ago, his strong relationship with the coaching staff — specifically defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley — and friendships with other recruits, Rutgers is in good standing with Fuller.
"I love a lot about Rutgers," Fuller said. "I've been there a bunch of times. I really get along great with Coach Hafley and with the other people there. There is something special about Rutgers.
To find the rest of Fuller's top five, he said TCU, Penn State, Miami, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Boston College, UCLA and Alabama are all in contention. Fuller has not planned any more official visits, saying they will come after his senior season. The aforementioned eight schools and Rutgers are all in consideration.
Fuller has no timetable for a decision.
"I have no idea when I'll be ready," Fuller said. "I honestly don't have any clue. It could go all the way to Signing Day. It could be some time this year. I really don't know. It's very hard to narrow it down. I didn't realize it was going to be this hard."
All of the schools in Fuller's top 10, he said, have at least some interest in using him as a quarterback.
Fuller decided over the summer that he wanted to play quarterback first in college, and not defensive back where many schools recruited him.
Turf toe and hamstring injuries at the beginning of his senior season proved to be blessings in disguise in terms of recruiting. Without the ability to scramble effectively, Fuller is primarily a pocket passer for Northern Valley this season.
"It was pretty much after I got hurt and these schools saw me throwing in the pocket that they said, ‘we're going to give this guy a chance. He looks pretty good,'" Fuller said.
Hundreds of students, teammates and faculty crowded the Northern Valley gymnasium today to honor Fuller, who enjoyed the formal ceremony to join the U.S. Army All-American roster.
"It's a tremendous honor for me to be given this God-given ability to do what I can do on the football field," Fuller said. "I'm honored by all of the schools showing me interest and just as honored to be invited to an all-star game like this one."