However, his knowledge of the campus lacked until a trip early in the week when Fuller got the full treatment of a big-time recruit while making an unofficial visit to the Westwood campus.
“Believe it or not, I hadn’t really seen the campus that much. I got a full campus tour, and that was really good,” Fuller said. “I spoke to the defensive coordinator (Tom Bradley), and (secondary) coach Demetrice Martin and coach (Jim) Mora in his office. It was a good visit. It’s beautiful, for sure. It’s a very nice campus.”
Fuller, who plays at Old Tappan (N.J.) Northern Valley, also had a chance to sit down with the coaching staff and go over schemes as well and talk on a more personal level. One of the key discussions took place between Fuller and Bradley.
“He was talking about the type of defense they run,” Fuller said. “We were just talking. We weren’t only talking about football stuff. I watched practice and it was a really good practice. They weren’t supposed to hit, but they did take guys to the ground. It was a very intense practice with good competition.”
Although Fuller did not know about the campus, he already had a good grasp on UCLA’s academic prestige.
“I pretty much knew a lot because I talked to my brother about it,” he said. “It’s a very tough school, and I like the challenge.”
And although getting on the field with Devin, who will be a senior in the fall, does not appear to be an option, Jordan said he is a much different player than when the two squared off back home as kids.
“We used to (play) but it was a complete mismatch,” Jordan Fuller said. “I would be in eighth grade and he would be a senior in high school, so it wasn’t really fair. I think I have a better chance now.”