Fuller discusses his commitment to A&M

He's always felt comfortable at A&M, but didn't want to play in the run-heavy offense of Dennis Franchione. But after talking to Sherman he changed his tune. What did Sherman have to say that changed his mind? What does his dad, a former A&M football player, think about it? Aggie Websider visited with Fuller about his latest decision.

When Mike Sherman was named the new head coach at Texas A&M, the former Green Bay Packer head coach and general manager brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with the X's and O's of a complex pro style offense, but there was a concern about his recruiting skills after almost a decade away from the college game. However, if this weekend was any indication, those concerns can be put to rest.

Oklahoma Commit and Scout.com four star wide receiver Jeff Fuller was Sherman's first official visitor of his short tenure this past weekend, and he came away with a new difference-making wide receiver when the McKinney Boyd product switched his commitment from the Sooners to the Aggies.

"Yes, I called Coach Stoops Sunday and decommited," Fuller said. "Then I called Coach Sherman and told him I wanted to play for him and commit to the Aggies."

So what were the reasons for the switch just weeks before the mid-term graduate was to enroll at Oklahoma?

"A&M is where I always wanted to be, except for the running offense," Fuller said. "I played in a running offense in high school and I didn't want to do that in college. My dad and I already knew Coach Sherman and his pro style offense with the Texans, so when he took the job I wanted to give A&M another look."

While Fuller was interested in visiting Texas A&M, he wasn't sure about making the switch until after having a good time in College Station.

"Everybody there is happy to have Coach Sherman and Tim Cassidy back, and they are excited about changing the offense," Fuller said. "I hung out with Jerrod Johnson and we hit it off immediately. He was a receiver in high school and he'll likely be my quarterback in a couple of years, so we had a lot in common and we talked a lot about the offense. I felt comfortable about the offense, and I've always been comfortable about the university and the people here. At that point, it was an easy decision."

With Fuller's father a graduate of Texas A&M and a player in the early 1980's, how did he react when Jeff informed him that he wanted to attend Texas A&M?

"I think he saw it coming after the visit," Fuller said. "He was very happy for me, not just because I'm going to A&M, but that he knows I'll be comfortable there. He supported me when I originally committed to OU and whatever I do."

But there's not much time to celebrate for the 6-foot-4, 205-pound blue chip receiver. As a mid-term graduate, he'll have to get his school applications and essays completed and submitted to Texas A&M for admittance before moving to College Station in early January.

"I'm filling out the forms as we speak. I've got a lot of paperwork to do before I enroll in January," Fuller said. "I don't even know who I'll be rooming with and where I'll be staying."

But one thing Fuller does know is that he'll start preparing for his first spring practice now, and he knows that he'll need to be ready to show what he can do from day one because there's an opportunity to earn playing time with a new offense and several open receiver spots due to graduation.

"The reason why I worked so hard to graduate early was to have the opportunity to come in this spring and earn immediate playing time," Fuller said. "It was rough. While my friends were out having fun and going on vacation, I was in summer school and studying. But it was worth it. I'm ready for college."

Fuller was part of the very first class at McKinney Boyd High School. It made for some struggles on the football field as Boyd was undermanned throughout his four years at the new school. However, because he was a member of the school's first class, he will hold a unique distinction that will always stand.

"Since I'm a mid-term graduate, I'll be THE first graduate ever of McKinney Boyd High School," Fuller said. "It's something I can always tell my kids when I get old."

But for now, he's best known for being Mike Sherman's first verbal commitment as head coach of the Texas Aggies.




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