CORAL GABLES, Fla. — It was hard for Quashon Fuller to gauge the full scope of Miami last time he visited. When the 4-star strongside defensive end from Lehigh Acres, Fla., made his way across Florida for a visit March 20, it marked Fuller’s first time in Coral Gables.
The Florida State commit tried to take in as much as he could at once. Instead, he ended up focusing more on the basics.
“Today was more about bonding,” Fuller told DieHards on Saturday after a Mark Richt Football Camp in Coral Gables. “Last time, I didn’t know nothing about it, so I had to get all the information and look around and stuff. And now that I did that, it’s all about bonding and stuff like that, and seeing, do I feel like I can play here for the next four years? And do I feel like I can play with the current players?”
So, even though he didn’t compete at the camp Saturday, Fuller decided it made sense to return to South Florida for the weekend. The Hurricanes have made the 6-foot-4, 277-pound defensive end one of their priorities since the start of the year and made it possible for just about the entire coaching staff to receive some face time with Fuller during the weekend.
Fuller spent most of the day around the defensive linemen, watching defensive line coach Jess Simpson work and chatting with defensive linemen such as Jonathan Ford and Gerald Willis. Throughout the day, Fuller talked with as many players and coaches as he could.
Perhaps surprisingly, Fuller particularly hit it off with offensive quality control assistant David Cooney.
“That’s my favorite coach right now,” Fuller said. “He reminds me of my city. And actually when we were talking and stuff, he just was saying how legends be here and stuff like that. I just like talking to him.”
As the camp wound down, Fuller engaged in extended conversations with the most important coach and arguably the most important player on the roster.
First, the in-state prospect spent some time with linebacker Shaquille Quarterman. Then, just before the camp wrapped up, Fuller talked to coach Mark Richt 1-on-1 for about 10 minutes.
“He just was saying that if this is where I want to be, they’re going to coach me up to be one of the Hall of Famers, you know?” Fuller said of his conversation with Richt. “He just was saying that they have something special. He and his staff have been turning this football program around pretty fast.”
While he remains committed to the Seminoles, Fuller hasn’t been exactly shy about how open his recruitment is. Considered the No. 19 strongside defensive end in the Class of 2019 by the 247Sports composite rankings, Fuller released a top 10 earlier this spring. At this point, the list is more down to a top 5. Fuller said Florida State is mostly trying to fend off Miami, Florida, Alabama and Georgia.
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Fuller will wrap up the current recruiting period by visiting Gainesville, Fla., next weekend. When the dead period ends in July, Fuller plans to head back to Tallahassee, Fla., he said. He’ll then check out Tuscaloosa, Ala., the following weekend. The Opening finalist also visited Athens, Ga., earlier this month.
The current visit schedule means Fuller probably won’t make it back for Paradise Camp on July 28. He’s intrigued by what the Hurricanes could do this coming season, though. A visit sometime in the fall seems likely.
“I’m excited about what they’ve got going next year,” Fuller said. “I’m very interested to see how they handle the season.”