UVa landed it’s third in-state commitment for the 2005 class today, when 6-5 1/2, 230 pound Kempsville High School (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end/tight end Jason Fuller committed to the ‘Hoos. Fuller chose UVa over offers from Syracuse and Appalachian State and interest from Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
“He committed to Virginia,” Kempsville Head Coach Jeff McGowan said. “He committed about two weeks ago I think. He had early interest in West Virginia, and then Virginia started coming into the picture near Signing Day. Then it was Virginia and Maryland. He took a visit to a junior day at Maryland and liked it, and then took a visit to Virginia for a game and was blown away.
“Jason liked how open everyone was there. He went to a spring practice this weekend and came home really happy. He met Kai Parham and Robbie Catterton, who are from this area, and talked to Chris Long and Howie Long. He likes how friendly and open everyone is up there. His parents liked it to. He really liked the distance from Virginia Beach to Virginia, and he likes the ACC as well.”
Fuller excels on both sides of the ball for Kempsville. He earned first-team all-district and second-team all-region honors at defensive end and second-team all-district honors at tight end. As a junior last season, he tallied 66 tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss, 10 sacks, two forced-fumbles, one fumble-recovery and had one touchdown on defense. Mainly a blocker on offense, he averaged close to eight pancake blocks per game early in the 2003 season.
An excellent athlete, Fuller has posted a time of 4.71 in the 40 yard dash and can bench press 350 pounds. He is an accomplished wrestler as well, finishing second in the state in the 215-pound weight class last year.
“In speaking with Coach [Al] Groh, Coach [Ron] Prince, and Coach [Mike] London about him, I think they are really interested in his versatility,” McGowan said. “It’s open in terms of where he will play there. He’s such a great athlete…he could be a tight end or they have mentioned outside linebacker or defensive end as well. What he likes a lot about Virginia is the different opportunities he would have there. If he plays tight end, he likes the fact that he could learn from Heath Miller. If you ask him where he wants to play, he’s the kind of player who will say ‘wherever you want me to coach.'”
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