Young Bucks: Versatility gives Jordan Fuller a path to early playing time
Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class – the country’s fourth-ranked class – featured 25 signees from 11 states and many of those players are expected to contribute to the Buckeyes on-field success early in their careers.
Join Landof10.com as we introduce you to the next wave of Buckeyes in our Young Bucks series. Next up is defensive back Jordan Fuller.
Who is Jordan Fuller?
If a player is looking to endear himself to Ohio State fans, choosing to play for the Buckeyes over finalists Michigan and Notre Dame isn’t a bad place to start.
Such was the case for four-star athlete Jordan Fuller, who announced his commitment to Ohio State two days before National Signing Day. It ended an incredibly thorough recruitment in which Fuller visited each finalist multiple times, including at least one trip to each school in the weeks leading up to his decision.
With all three schools having plenty to offer, Fuller said it was Ohio State’s advantages off the field that led him to choose to spend his college career in Columbus.
“I chose Ohio State because I truly believe they push their players, for sure, but I also know they take care of them on and off the field,” he said. “I know I will be developed. I will get stronger, I will get faster and I will improve my smarts for the game, and also I will be able to network with some very powerful people and set myself up for life after football.
“There is not really one thing I don’t like. It is pretty much perfect for me. It’s the whole school, and how they handle things there, and how they do things there. I love it a lot. They really take care of their players’ bodies, especially. They pride themselves on injury prevention.”
- Height: 6-foot-2
- Weight: 205
- Number: 4
- Hometown: Old Tappan, N.J.
- High School: Northern Valley Regional
- Composite Ranking: 6 (Athlete)
- High School Highlights
Ohio State also benefitted from the hiring of safeties coach Greg Schiano, who spent 11 seasons in New Jersey as the head coach of Rutgers and made a strong impression on the Garden State prospect.
What does he bring to Ohio State?
More than anything else, Fuller brings versatility. He was listed by recruiting services as a cornerback, safety and athlete and it seems as though he could play either role in the defensive secondary if he finds the field as a freshman.
On top of the athleticism that helped him earn consensus four-star status as the No. 131 overall recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings, those around him also describe Fuller as a hard worker.
“He’s mature beyond (the average freshman),” cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said. “Physically they all have certain gifts, but he has a certain level of maturity about him and how he goes about his business. He’s prepared very hard all summer. He understands what we’re doing. He still has a lot to learn, but he’s well on his way.”
Will he play as a freshman?
By all accounts, yes. He got a National Signing Day press conference shoutout from Meyer, who said that Fuller was one of the players whose highlight tapes he showed the staff on Signing Day eve in a celebratory gesture.
Meyer also referenced him in Sunday’s media day press conference, saying that he thought Fuller would find his way on to the field this season. That sentiment was confirmed by Coombs that same afternoon.
“He will see the field in some capacity — cornerback, safety, nickel, certainly on special teams,” Coombs said. “So he’ll be on the field. He’s had a very, very good camp too. He’s an exceptional athlete and he’s a very, very good student of the game.”