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Virginia Men’s Basketball’s March 2nd contest also served as one of the football team’s Junior days, where rising senior prospects from across the state are invited to watch a game with other recruits and talk to UVa coaches. Both the basketball and football teams scored victories that night – basketball defeated Wake Forest and Coach Groh and company would earn a commitment from one of the recruits on hand. The recruit was Kempsville High School (Virginia Beach, VA) tight end/outside linebacker prospect Jason Fuller .
“That was the first time I had ever been to Virginia before,” Fuller said of the March 2nd Junior Day. “I made the trip with my parents. I met with Coach Groh for a little bit before the game, then watched some of the basketball game versus Wake Forest. They treated me really well. One thing I really liked about Coach [Al] Groh was that he would talk to everyone there. Even with the recruits that weren’t necessarily on the top of their list, he would talk to them for a few minutes at least. I don’t think too many coaches do that.
“Also, while I was there I met Chris Long and a few other recruits there. I met some players I got along with. I got along with everyone there. Usually that’s not the case, but everyone was so nice and got along really well.”
Fuller’s experience would be a major factor in his decision. The direction of the football program and the academic reputation of the school were other factors.
“I’m very excited about my commitment,” Fuller said. “My parents are behind me 100 percent as well. I was just really impressed with Coach Groh. The coaches and the players really seem to work together well. I like the future of the program and I think they have a chance to compete for a National Championship. I have a lot of respect for the integrity of the school. It’s the number one public school in the country. And I just really liked the atmosphere up at Virginia [when I went for the Junior day].”
According to Fuller, UVa began actively pursuing him a “few months ago.” He and his coach, Jeff McGowan, sent junior film to a number of programs including the Cavaliers. The UVa coaches were impressed and, just a few weeks after the Junior day, would send an official offer.
“I actually received my official offer from Virginia on the same day I received an offer from Syracuse,” Fuller said. “I knew...
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