Seeing Jody Fuller go through workouts on Florida’s practice fields in June, it was hard to imagine that he still has two more years of high school left.
The 2012 Monroe, N.C., Sun Valley wide receiver showed up at Florida’s camp looking like he was straight out of a college weight program with his chiseled physique. When it came to passing drills, Fuller stood out because of his crisp route running ability and his athleticism, which helped him get to the tougher balls thrown his way. During one-on-ones, he blew past most defenders and was cutting every which way when he got any sort of space.
But the 6-foot, 180-pound speedster wasn’t without faults. While he ran well, he dropped a few passes, which frustrated him both during and after camp.
“I did pretty good, but I could have done better,” Fuller said.
For Fuller, getting to Gainesville wasn’t just about meeting Florida’s coaches. He wanted to show them his ability, he wanted to impress them. Fuller also wanted Florida’s staff to know that he’s interested in what the Gators have to offer.
“I’m very interested (in Florida),” he said. “They haven’t made an (verbal) offer or anything, but I’m still interested in the school. I just want to get my chance. That’s my goal.”
Fortunately for Fuller, he’s got plenty of time to earn more interest from Florida’s coaches. So far, he’s kept his communication with East Coast schools. South Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Maryland and East Carolina have all shown interest in Fuller, but he expects more schools to get involved the more he camps and the more he plays.
Fuller hasn’t been able to branch out too far from his home, but as of now, distance isn’t a factor in the schools that he’s interested in looking at, though that could change as recruiting gets more involved.
“At this point, I don’t see distance being a factor, but I don’t know,” he said. “Two years from now that could change.”
Fuller is soft spoken when it comes to recruiting, but he’s proud of the attention he’s gotten from schools. Getting to play Division 1 football has always been a dream of his and he feels he’s getting closer and closer to achieving that dream.
“It’s great,” he said. “I’m blessed with this ability and a chance to do all this stuff. I’m just thankful.”