Versatile Notre Dame target Jordan Fuller won't be rushed into commitment

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Jordan Fuller knows he has special gifts.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound recruit has done a little bit of everything on the football field.

Fuller played quarterback, wide receiver, safety and cornerback during his career at Old Tappan (N.J.) Northern Valley Regional. He could play any number of positions in college, but he prefers to play cornerback.

“I’m just a rare athlete at corner,” Fuller said. “I’m long but I can move too.”

That’s why Fuller spent all week practicing at the position for Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He matched himself up in one-on-one coverage against some of the nation’s top high school wide receivers and won his share of battles.

The four-star prospect is out to prove to college coaching staffs and recruiting analysts that his future is at cornerback. Many have projected him as a safety, where he spent most of his time playing on defense in high school. Fuller said Notre Dame liked him at safety, but will give him a chance to play corner if he chooses the Irish.

247Sports slates Fuller as the No. 5 athlete in the 2016 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 21 safety.

Fuller appears to be Notre Dame’s best chance of adding one last defensive back in the 2016 class, but he won’t be rushed into a decision.

“They said there’s one (spot) left at DB,” Fuller said. “We’ll see. I know it’s a little tough situation, but I gotta take my visits.”

Before signing day, Fuller plans to make official visits to Ohio State, Michigan and potentially Penn State. He’s still unsure when he’ll come to a decision.

“I’m going to map out all the pros and cons and make the best decision for me,” Fuller said.

His last visit to Notre Dame came in December for the team’s annual awards show. He previously made an unofficial visit in July.

“It was awesome because before I never really got around the players because none of the players were around in the summer,” Fuller said. “I got around the players (on his last visit), and they were real cool guys. Some of the commits too. That was cool.”

He also caught up with Irish freshman quarterback Brandon Wimbush. The two have known each other since Fuller was six years old and work out with the same quarterback coach in New Jersey.

“I spoke to him a lot,” Fuller said. “He said he loves it there.”

Irish tight ends coach Scott Booker keeps in weekly contact with Fuller. He should expect to see Booker and head coach Brian Kelly for an in-home visit once the recruiting dead period ends Jan. 14.

With his final visits in sight, Fuller will finally have to focus in on making a decision. He’s been enjoying the process without stress since he was a sophomore in high school. Now the pressure is real.

“Usually I’ve been just visiting places and not wanting to commit,” Fuller said. “Knowing that I have to commit soon, it’s kind of weird because I’ve gone two years without committing.”

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Defensive back recruit Jordan Fuller has committed to Ohio State. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army All-American Bowl)