April 1, 2013

Fuller has connection to Vols, interest in program

Easley, S.C., running back C.J. Fuller sees his future in front of him. He has put himself in position to have his education paid for through college football. The recruiting process is not new to Fuller, and he's taking it all in stride.

"It's going pretty smooth," Fuller said. "I've went to a couple of junior days and been to a Clemson practice. It's got its ups and downs, but it's fun. It shows that the hard work is paying off but at some point I'll have to sit down and make a decision. That's the hard part."

Clemson, NC State, North Carolina and Georgia Tech are schools that Fuller attended for junior days this Spring.

He's hearing a little bit from Tennessee, but doesn't know a great deal about the orange and white clad Volunteers. He does hope to learn more and what little he does know has come from family.

"They are a school I would look at," Fuller said. "My cousin is Stanley Morgan and he went there. He's told me that it's a great place. He told me just to stay humble, but he wants me to go there."

Each prospect is different. Some value playing time, while others value the coaching staff and academic side of things. But what's important for Fuller?

"I just want a school that has good academics and the chance to play," Fuller said. "I want to be developed into a man at the school I choose. I don't mind red-shirting, but I'd like to play. Just whatever is best for me as a player."

Fuller is 5-foot-11 and weighs 198 pounds. He's big enough to deliver a blow, but also fast enough to break away from the pack. He believes it all starts with how you work off the field.

"I think I have vision and a good ability to cut and change direction," Fuller said. "I'm a hard runner and a hard worker. I've had a lot of athletes in my family and to be the best you have to outwork everyone else. I've always been taught to work hard."

Easley went 9-2 last season, but had an early exit from the South Carolina playoffs. A new coach has a new outlook for this group. One thing that's not changed is their work ethic and Fuller is leading the charge in that area.

"We lost in the second round of the playoffs," Fuller said. "It hurt a good little bit. We would have had a good chance to go to state if we had won that game. We are working hard and have new coach. We want to come back harder than ever."

So when does Fuller hope to pull the trigger? Sooner rather than later.

"Probably sometime this summer," Fuller said. "I want to do it before my senior season. I'm going to sit down with my coach and figure out what camps I want to go to and need go to."

Rivals.com ranks Fuller as a 3-star running back in the class of 2014.

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