To say Wednesday was a significant day on the recruiting trail for Florida might be considered an understatement.
The Gators landed a commitment late in the afternoon from Riley Simonds, a 6-foot-3 offensive lineman out of Buford, Georgia, ranked the No. 17 guard in the country by 247Sports.
But first, the Gators received an unofficial visit from Quashon Fuller, a four-star strong-side defensive end who is currently committed to Florida State.
— Quashon Fuller (@quashonfuller) May 19, 2018
With a month-long dead period commencing in several days, Fuller arrived Wednesday morning to tour Florida’s facilities and meet with UF coach Dan Mullen and the coaching staff.
“I really wanted to see everything Florida had to offer,” Fuller said. “Coach has just been saying where I’d fit on the depth chart, as far as playing time, and how I would help the team win a national championship.”
While Fuller remains verbally committed to the Seminoles — 247Sports has him labeled as “100% committed” — the Lehigh Acres native said he had no comment when asked if he was fully locked in to FSU right now.
“That’s a good question,” he said. “I’m still evaluating everything.”
The expansion of the NCAA’s recruiting regulations has given Fuller an opportunity to see more programs around the southeast. He took an unofficial visit Sunday to Miami, and has taken a pair of trips to Georgia over the past three months.
And from the way Fuller describes his relationship with the Seminoles coaching staff, it seems beneficial for him to gather as much information as possible from programs outside of Tallahassee.
“I haven’t talked to Willie Taggart in a long time,” Fuller revealed.
As for the rest of the summer, Fuller said he plans to continue honing his craft, and that starts at Lehigh Senior High, where he’ll prepare on improving his skill-set and physicality prior to taking the field for his senior season.
“I’m just looking to get back to my high school,” he said, “and make the last year as good as it can be.”
Taking care of what he can manage on the field is Fuller’s focus for now, and he said he has yet to lock in any official visits.
Florida you might justa done it 🐊‼ pic.twitter.com/um1dlGJz94
— Quashon Fuller (@quashonfuller) May 4, 2018
“I want to all my official visits in my senior season,” Fuller said.
When it comes to putting pen to paper — arguably the biggest decision of Fuller’s life — it’s going to come down the best possible fit, and one that allows him to make a contribution.
“It all comes down to my feeling, like do I feel like I can play here and are we competing for a national championship,” Fuller said. “And if my mom is going to be able to see me come play.”