The Buckeyes put a lot of time and effort into one of their top 2016 defensive back targets. Two days before signing day, those efforts have paid off. Westwood, New Jersey's Jordan Fuller has committed to Ohio State.
The Fuller File
- Class: 2016
- Size: 6-2/195
- Pos: DB
- School: Old Tappan (Westwood, NJ)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: 6 (ATH)
Fuller was identified early on as one of the Buckeyes' top defensive targets. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder took a trip to Columbus last April, and after some glowing reviews, it was evident that Ohio State would be in this recruitment for the long haul.
The four-star was fairly quiet throughout the fall and seemed non-committal when asked about the possibility of officially visiting the Buckeyes. After leading his team to a state championship and being named New Jersey's Gatorade Player of the Year, Fuller switched his focus back to the recruiting scene. The Irish were the first to receive an official in mid-December. The Buckeyes and Wolverines followed suit in January.
While Notre Dame was listed in his final three, the recruitment really seemed to come down to the two Big Ten foes. During his trip to Ann Arbor, Fuller joined a number of other New Jersey prospects as they met up with a pair of the state's early enrollees – Kareem Walker and Ahmir Mitchell. The East Coast blizzard added some additional time to the visit, which certainly aided the Wolverines.
The hiring of new co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano may have been what helped seal the deal for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Fuller's older brother – UCLA wideout Devin Fuller – was recruited by Schiano when he was still at Rutgers. His connection with the Fuller family is strong, and many have said that Devin may have ended up at Rutgers had the former coach not accepted the head coaching gig in Tampa.
The Army All-American brings some size and versatility to the Ohio State secondary. While he is expected to get his first shot at corner, he certainly possesses the measurables to move over to safety if needed.
Eleven Warriors will have more on Jordan Fuller's commitment soon.