A summer decision for Fuller?

Sun Valley (Monroe, NC) standout Jody Fuller is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the Carolinas this year, and the athletic playmaker, who has been to Columbia multiple times during the recruiting process, made a return trip to South Carolina last weekend to get an up-close at the Gamecocks' summer prospect camp. Could a decision be on the horizon for Fuller? Read inside to find out,


Jody Fuller has not even started his senior year in high school yet, but the highly coveted recruit already boasts nearly thirty scholarship offers, including tenders from major programs like South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, NC state, Michigan, and many others. However, South Carolina was the first school to offer the elite wideout last spring, and the Gamecocks have made him a priority in this recruiting class ever since. Fuller has visited Columbia multiple times since picking up that offer, and his most recent trip came last weekend when he attended the Gamecocks' summer camp.

"I had a good time. I hung out with some of the coaches and watched the camps they were having. I watched the receivers work with Coach Spurrier Jr.," Fuller said of his time at USC. "I really like South Carolina. I like the people around there. Plus, I see where they are now and where they can be in the future."

Fuller has already developed a strong bond with his potential position coach at Carolina, Steve Spurrier Jr., and he has taken notice of the elite string of wide receivers that the Gamecocks have produced under his watch, including Sidney Rice, Kenny McKinley, and now Alshon Jeffery.

"Spurrier Jr. is real cool. He's real down to earth, and I enjoy hanging out with him," he said, "They've had some really good receivers that have come out of there and that are playing there now, so he's a really good coach to play for."

The explosive receiver, who has been timed at 4.45 seconds in the forty yard dash, also has a strong relationship with his USC recruiter, Coach Jay Graham.

"Coach Graham is cool. He's telling me I'll get a chance to play early and be a part of a program that's going in the right direction if I go to South Carolina."

Arguably the top wide receiver in the state of North Carolina this year, many believe that Fuller is vastly underrated as a three-star prospect and the No. 60 receiver nationally on Scout.com. However, the stout 6-0, 205 pounder is not paying much attention to recruiting rankings. Instead, he is listening to the recruiting pitches of dozens of college coaches that are hotly pursuing his services. So which schools are recruiting Fuller the hardest?

"South Carolina, Miami, and Michigan are the ones recruiting me the hardest right now," Fuller said.

Next on the horizon for the talented wideout is a trip to Miami on Thursday, which will be his first opportunity to check out the Hurricanes.

"I want to see what kind of stuff they have. I'm just looking forward to being down there," he said of the upcoming trip.

Fuller, who did not claim any favorites in this interview, also noted that he is considering visiting Tennessee and Virginia Tech in the coming weeks. By the end of the summer, the highly recruited prospect believes that he will be ready to make a commitment.

"Maybe in August or sometime soon," he replied when asked about a potential timetable for a decision. "I'll be looking at the opportunity for playing time, the coaches, the people around, and the school overall."

Lastly, Fuller shared the goals that he has set for his upcoming senior season at Sun Valley.

"My goal is to win the state championship and to win a lot of games. For me, I want to play consistently."

Fuller, who possesses an impressive 38-inch vertical leap, finished his junior season with 75 catches for 834 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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