March 11, 2011

Alabama offers N.J. athlete

A day after offering a scholarship to New York native Chad Kelly, Alabama continued its recruiting efforts in the Northeast on Friday when it extended an offer to Devin Fuller, an athlete from Old Tappan, N.J.

"As soon as I got the call today, I was just in awe because Alabama was ranked very high the last couple years, and Nick Saban is one of the best coaches," Fuller said. "I know it's a great place, so I was just very thankful.

"I had been talking to Coach (Jeff) Stoutland. He first told me to send my highlight tape, so that's when I knew they were interested in what they've heard about me."

Fuller, a 6-foot, 185-pound playmaker, is listed as an athlete, and he said the Crimson Tide coaching staff told him he could play wherever he wanted to.

"They offered me at the athlete-type position, but they said I could play any position I really wanted to play in college, so that was a big plus," Fuller said. "They were talking to me about selling academics, not just football, because academics is my first priority with picking a school."

At Old Tappan High School in New Jersey, Fuller played quarterback, and that's where he wants to play in college. As a junior Fuller passed for 1,900 yards with 20 touchdowns and also ran for 2,300 yards and 32 touchdowns.

"I want to play quarterback at the next level because I think that's the position where I could do the most damage on the football field," Fuller said.

The offer from Alabama is the 17th Fuller has received. The list of schools includes Florida State, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Penn State and South Carolina, as well as the majority of the schools in the Northeast.

Fuller has only seen Alabama on TV, but he hopes to make it down to Tuscaloosa at some point before making a decision to see the university and football program in person.

"I haven't seen it for myself," Fuller said. "I haven't been down there, but I've heard great things. I've been looking at the pictures, and I've seen them on TV, with the national championship they won.

"It's very pleasing to the eye when you see the Alabama name, but I want to see it for myself, see if I like it and see if I can see myself going to the school."

Reach Greg Ostendorf at [email protected]

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