Will Fuller, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Home/HS: Philadelphia, PA/Roman Catholic
Starz 'n Sheetz
Stars: 4* (Scout), 3* (247Sports, Rivals)
Offer sheet: Boston College, Rutgers, Temple, and some D2 regional schools
Hailing from Philadelphia and recruited by Ron Vanderlinden, Fuller had the attention of the Penn State staff for some time. He had a number of regional offers, but made the trip to Penn State last weekend hoping to get one more. He participated in the Advanced Skills Camp, and impressed the staff. Two days later, he's the first (and possibly only?) wide receiver for the Class of 2013.
While many Penn State fans would love to see the Nittany Lions land five-star wideout Robert Foster, and with all due respect to Foster, Fuller is the kind of receiver that will fit perfectly with the new Bill O'Brien offense. Where Foster is more of a deep threat only kind of receiver, Fuller has the ability to hit the home run (see the first play on the highlight reel), but also comes across the middle well, runs a great route, and seems to bring in everything thrown his way.
With only Justin Brown and Devon Smith gone after this year, Fuller could end up being the only wideout taken in this class. After Brown and Smith, there are 10 receivers left in a TE/RB heavy offense. Something's gotta give. Sure, the staff will make room for a Robert Foster and probably even a Paul Harris. But if Fuller ends up being the only receiver taken, it will be a good haul for Stan Hixon and O'Brien.
Craig Fitzgerald and simply being just a junior in HS will help Fuller put on a few necessary pounds and possibly an inch or two. But that's the nature of being a 16- and 17-year old prospect, and not necessarily a knock on Will. Being from Philadelphia, Fuller gives Penn State a vocal supporter in the ear of David Williams, a running back from nearby Imhotep Charter.
Welcome to Penn State, Will!