Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar safety TaJarvis Fuller made his way up to Illinois on Tuesday and was immediately impressed by everything he saw and learned about the football program, school, and the surrounding community.
"I got up here yesterday and got to talking with all of the coaches," Fuller said. "I then rode around Champaign - I liked the city and the school. I just knew when I got up here that I liked the feel of where I am at. While we were driving around we were talking and I got to see the place and I liked it a lot. I just felt right here, it felt right for me, so I went ahead and committed."
"I just committed to Illinois this morning," Fuller added.
When the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back made his decision, he informed Illinois' head coach Ron Zook.
"Coach Zook was surprised," Fuller said. "He wasn't expecting me to commit. He was happy about it. We talked about the class coming in and every else. It was a real good conversation."
In addition to Champaign feeling like a home away from home and a good fit for him as a person, Fuller is enthusiastic about the manner in which his abilities will be utilized in Illinois' defensive scheme.
"They said they are going to put me at the outside linebacker/strong safety position," Fuller said. "They want me to run around and be able to drop back in coverage as well."
Fuller, who also claimed offers from Indiana, Iowa State, UCF, Ball State, Connecticut, Florida International, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, South Alabama, UAB, UCLA, and Wisconsin, said that while he is committed his recruitment is not concluded.
"I am still going to take trips and see other schools," Fuller said. "I also plan to take all my official visits. But as of right now I like Illinois and this is where I feel like I am going to college at."
As a junior, Fuller recorded 133 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, six forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.