SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Lehigh Acres (Fla.) Lehigh four-star strong-side defensive end Quashon Fuller arrived at check-in for the All-American Bowl on Monday.
The long-time Florida State pledge shared the latest with his recruitment as he enters the final month of the process. Fuller opted to hold off on signing with the Seminoles during the Early Signing Period, as he had an interst in taking multiple official visits.
“I have a top three right now and I feel like I am just going to rock out with that,” Fuller said. “It is Florida State, Florida Gators and Alabama.”
Fuller has used just one official, traveling to Auburn in December, but the Tigers are no longer in heavy consideration for Fuller. He has four visits planned between now and the first Wednesday in February when he plans to sign. His current visit plans have him seeing Florida on Jan. 11th, LSU likely on Jan. 18th, Florida State on Jan. 25th and Alabama on Feb. 1st.
Fuller committed to FSU in February of 2017 when he landed an offer during a Junior Day visit.
“I committed on the spot because it was my dream school,” Fuller said. “I just felt like I had the opportunity and I’d just take it.”
Fuller added that when he committed, FSU was regularly in the discussion for the College Football Playoffs and that his relationship with then head coach Jimbo Fisher was strong.
A lot has changed. FSU went 5-7 this past season, missing a bowl for the first time in four decades, and Fisher now resides in College Station. Fisher has been replaced by head coach Willie Taggart. Taggart and Fuller have worked on building a bond, laying a strong foundation in May and working on it further with each subsequent visit, including an unofficial to Tallahassee just before the Early Signing Period.
“He is a good coach too,” Fuller said of Taggart said. “He has a lot of fire himself. I just feel like he is a great young coach. He is just trying to pick up a team.”
The FSU staff knew that Fuller intended to take other visits. He has been up-front with those plans for several months.
“About my other trips, they aren’t really saying much. They just told me to enjoy the process and things like that,” Fuller added on the FSU staff. “Pretty much that is all they are saying.”
Fuller had one final comment about where his commitment stands heading into the final month.
“I’m just going to say that I am still committed,” Fuller said. “They’ve got an edge, because if they didn’t, I would have probably decommitted by now.
“As I’ve always been saying it has been my dream school,” Fuller continued. “I just feel like I actually have an opportunity to play at my dream school, but just because it is a dream doesn’t mean it is best for me.”
He also spoke about the other three schools in the running, all of whom he will see in January and February.
He has previously visited Florida two or three times, including for their game against South Carolina this past season. He shared what has the Gators in the running.
“I just feel like their level of play and I love how they just love to have fun while they are playing football and compete,” Fuller said of the Gators. “They had a dominant win against Michigan [in their bowl game] and that was very impressive. I just feel like I can fit that program and what Coach [Dan] Mullen is building.
“I talk a lot to Coach Mullen, [Defensive coordinator] Coach [Todd] Grantham and their d-line coach [Sal Sunseri],” Fuller added.
LSU is a relative new entry to his recruitment.
“I am going to give them a shot,” Fuller said of the Tigers. “One of my friends from high school [Chris Curry], he actually plays there right now and he was just saying how amazing it is up there and things like that. I was just thinking I could give them a chance, to see what noise is about in Baton Rouge.”
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Alabama has been in the picture throughout his recruitment. He has previously visited the Crimson Tide two or three times.
“I talk to Coach Kool [defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski] a lot. I just love winning games and winning championships and I know that is the perfect place to do it,” Fuller said. “You get to compete against the best every day in practice and things like that to get better for the NFL.”
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Fuller shared who has the best chance to flip him at this time: “Probably either Alabama or Florida,” Fuller said.
At check-in for the All-American Bowl, Fuller measured in at 6-foot-2 1/8, 270.2 pounds, with 34 1/4 arms and 9 3/4 hands.