August 18, 2007

Fuller setting up visits

Recruiting has taken the back burner for McKinney (Texas) wide receiver Jeff Fuller for several weeks as the 6-foot-4, 202-pounder has been focusing on his senior season and getting his Boyd high school to turn the corner after a winless 2006 campaign.

"Everything is going pretty smoothly," Fuller said. "A lot of stuff has slowed down because I have been focusing so much on football and the next football season."

That hasn't slowed down the interest in the Rivals100 receiver who despite a newly passed NCAA text message band has received a lot of correspondence from a slew of top schools including the Buckeyes.

"I am getting more mail from them (Ohio State) now since they can't text message me," Fuller said.

The four-star Texan has been working on putting together an official visit list and one of the first schools that Fuller set up a trip with is the Buckeyes.

"Oh yeah," Fuller said. "I am definitely going out there for a visit. I am going for the Michigan State game."

Fuller is also planning on going to visit Oklahoma the weekend of September 8th when the Miami Hurricanes blow into town and also will visit the Gators on the weekend of September 15th when the Vols visit the Swamp. Fuller is looking forward to getting a chance to see the schools during big home games and is looking forward to seeing Columbus once school is in session and the Horseshoe is electric during the Big Ten season.

"I just want to see what it is like on gameday," Fuller said. "I know a lot of people like to go on visits on non-game weeks, but I think it's great to get out there with a game and really see what it is like on gameday. If it were somewhere close it wouldn't matter as much but (going to Ohio State) I want to definitely take advantage of the trip and have a lot of fun and meet a lot of new people and stuff like that."

Fuller has stayed in touch with a pair of Ohio State commitments and one of the biggest name uncommitted prospects on the board still.

"Everyone once in a while I keep up with (Terrelle) Pryor and (DeVier) Posey and (Michael Brewster)," Fuller said. "But it really has slowed down because everyone is so focus on what they have coming up next season."

How have the conversations gone with the nation's top player and is there any talk of the two trying to work a deal to attend the same school?

"It's pretty much just a, 'Hey man, what's going on?'," Fuller said. "I really have only talked to him like once or twice. Our recruiting processes are kind of the same but everything is a lot faster for him with him being the No. 1 recruit in the nation. It is pretty cool to see other people going through the same process that you are going through because there are not too many of them out there."

Even with Fuller's attention turning more toward his recruitment it doesn't change the fact that the blue-chipper would like to see things turn around at his high school during his final season.

"Practice is going really well," Fuller said. "We look like a whole different team out there which is great. We are going to come back and have a strong season."

Despite torrential rains in south Texas there has been no such wet weather up in McKinney as the team has been getting beat up by the hot Texas sun during practice.

"No, we've actually been getting burnt up," Fuller said. "It's been really hot here."

Even with three visits set up for schools outside of his home region many people have long believed that Fuller will likely end up at one of the Texas schools or Oklahoma once it is said and done but Fuller maintains that he is open.

"Right now I could go anywhere," Fuller said. "It definitely is a good possibility (ending up somewhere outside of Texas or Oklahoma). I am not going to knock off a school just because they are far away."

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