May 28, 2010
Ashland (OH) quarterback Marcus Fuller talks recruiting
Last season Ashland (OH) native Marcus Fuller put himself firmly on many schools recruiting radar after completing 215 of 362 passes for 30 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions. The 6-foot and 200 pound signal caller also added 9 rushing touchdowns and he recently backed up his rushing stats by running a 4.81 laser timed forty.
"I'm a pocket passer first," said Fuller. "I like to go through my reads and find the open guy. But if something breaks down, I have the ability to run and I can make some people miss in the open field."
OhioVarsity.com ranks Fuller as the No. 7 quarterback in the state of Ohio and he could rise even further if he improves upon his junior season. On the recruiting side of things, schools from across the nation have made in-school visits this spring, and while Fuller has yet to receive his first offer, it could be coming soon.
"Just about all the schools in the Ivy League have stopped by," said Fuller. "Then Ball State, Ohio, Akron, Bowling Green, Toledo have also. Coach (Terry) Samuels from Central Michigan also stopped by and so did the coaches from Air Force."
CMU wide receivers coach Terry Samuels has served as Fuller's main recruiter, although Fuller is also familiar with other members on CMU's staff.
"I went to CMU for their junior day earlier this year," added Fuller. I was able to talk with Coach (Jay) Johnson and I also had a chance to listen to Coach (Dan) Enos speak. I was really impressed by him and the type of players he is looking to bring in at Central Michigan. Coach Samuels, he's just a really cool dude. He's real straight forward with me, and that's something I really respect because in today's day and age there can be a lot of lies and everything."
And the Chippewas will be closely monitoring Fuller this summer.
"They just told me they wanted to wait in see me in camp, so I plan on attending their summer camp. But I definitely think there is some real interest from CMU."
What makes Fuller even more impressive as a quarterback is he smarts and overall personality. Boasting a 4.0 GPA and a 30 on the ACT, it's now wonder every school in the Ivy League has been knocking on his door.
"As far as what I'm looking for in a school, I'm looking for a place where I can come in and have fun. I want to have a great four or five years and fit into an offense where I can develop to the best of my skills. I think my best fit is probably in the spread, we run four and five wide receiver sets here, but I'm definitely open to any offense that I can benefit from. And then I'm also looking for a school with strong academics. Having a 4.0 and a 30 on the ACT, academics are something I take very seriously."
Last season Ashland made it all the way to the regional finals and they are looking to make it even further next season.
"We're in the weight room busting our tails off right now and running routes and things, but we know this year we're going to have a target on our backs," said Fuller. "I think we can be as good or better as we were last year, but we understand the expectations are high now."
If Fuller is able to put together another impressive season like his junior one, Ashland might not only make it farther in the Ohio playoffs, but send their signal caller to the Division 1 ranks.
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