July 16, 2011

Elite N.J. athlete likes Tide

Old Tappen, N.J., athlete Devin Fuller has put recruiting on the back burner this summer so he can spend time with his teammates, but he's in the process of sitting up his visits and has the University of Alabama among his group of favorites.

"I talked to (Nick) Saban yesterday," Fuller said. "Coach Saban told me that he really wants me to play for him. He said that I'm high on his list and that Alabama is a good spot for me football-wise."

The 6-foot, 185-pounder said that while he would like to play quarterback, he's open to playing another position. The UA coaching staff wants Fuller at cornerback or safety, but told him he could try the quarterback position when he gets to campus.

Last season, Fuller threw for 2,306 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for 1,844 yards and 32 touchdowns.

"Sure I'd like to play quarterback, but I don't know if that's what's going to get me to the big leagues," Fuller said. "My dad (Bart Fuller) played safety at TCU, so it would be cool to play the same position he did. I'm looking more at the school and their academics more than I am what position they want me to play."

The nation's No. 37 ranked player said he's working to improve his leg strength. He said his decision making ability is what sets him apart from other players.

"I work out four times a week," Fuller said. "I'm working on getting quicker. I tell myself to work, work, work so that I can be as good as possible. I'm trying to get my team to play as best as they can. We are doing 7-on-7 drills and going hard every day.

"My decision-making ability is pretty good. I think I can make a snap decision better than another player. Maybe it's just instinct."

Fuller, the reigning North Jersey Offensive Player of the Year, plans to take an official visit to Alabama next month.

"I like the coaching staff and history they have," Fuller said. "Coach Saban is one of the best coaches around, and knows what he's doing. Alabama is a winning school, and I like to win."

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