OLB/S TaJarvis Fuller (6í1, 187, 4.6/40) of Dunbar High has Miami very high on his wish list. He lists offers so far from Maryland, UCF, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, and Indiana, among others. His goal is to achieve over 40 offers. Fuller shared with CaneInsider that, ďI get something from Miami every week. Iím getting attention from Florida and Florida St. Iíve visited every major college in Florida. Iím going to visit Illinois this week, trying to get up there for the spring game in Champaign.Ē
Fuller said heís visited the Hurricanes. ďIíve been to Coral Gables twice. I went to back-to-back spring practices. I really enjoyed it, I liked the campus. Itís Miami: five national championships, the beach, bowl games Ė I canít even begin to tell you the number of NFLíers Ė Iíve been a fan ever since I can remember. As soon as Miami gives me that official offer, more than likely Iíll commit.Ē
The Hurricanes are recruiting Fuller as a safety.
Regarding his strengths, Fuller told CaneInsider that, ďItís like this: Iím not a combine performer. Iím a football player. Iím going to give my school 200% on the football field. I play sideline-to-sideline. Iím not a 4.4/40 guy Ė but Iím going to give my best effort, making tackles and plays for my defense. Iím going to stick my nose in the pile, make tackles and plays. Iím also going to make some picks and hurt some ball-carriers.Ē
Fuller works out frequently, admitting that, ďIím in the weight room every single day. After workouts, Iím doing drills with my DB coach. Iím doing everything I can to make it possible that I play major college football.Ē
What is he looking for in a football program? ďIím looking for support. I need to be comfortable; a place that feels like home. I want a program that puts players in the NFL, and thatís Miami. Iím also looking for graduation rates. Iím looking for both and Miami offers that. I like that about UM: good graduation rate, graduate program, and the record of putting guys in the league.Ē
Fuller said that location will play a role in his recruitment. ďI just had this talk with my mom today. She doesnít want me to go to Miami. She doesnít want me to get off track academically. Personally, I donít want to leave the state, want to be close to home. I love my family and want to be close to them,Ē Fuller stated. ďMy mom is not going to make my decision for me, because itís my future. I have to pick the place thatís best for me, and if I like it and feel that a school fits me, Iím going to attend and give my commitment.Ē
The Dunbar standout said that his family will advise him in choosing a college. ďMy family is going to influence my decision most. When I make my choice, itís going to be my parents and head coach that influence me. But, Iím going to tell them, ĎThis is what Iím going to do, this is why.íĒ
Fuller explained how much a teamís depth chart will factor into his decision. ďI look at every single school thatís offered me. Iíll give you an example: University of Maryland. The Terps are graduating three safeties in 2012, and that means to me that I have a good chance of starting my freshman year. I have no problem sitting my freshman year learning the system. I donít need to start. I want to learn how to play college football. My sophomore year, thatís when I want to make things happen.Ē
Read Part II of Fullerís interview on CaneInsider later today on our recruiting forum.