With just under two months left until signing day, Scout.com Midwest recruiting manager Allen Trieu…
Mason Fuller, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound three-star defensive tackle from Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago, Ill., has scholarship offers from Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky, but says he's confident he'll get more. "Arizona and South Carolina are close (to offering)," Fuller said. "I've talked to the defensive line coach (Mike Tuiasosopo at Arizona) a lot. He said he really liked my video but that the other coaches need to check it out. "I haven't talked to the head coach at South Carolina yet, but they told me they're not gonna be offering more guys until after their season," he said. He says he's close to setting up official visits with both Arizona and South Carolina. "We've been talking about that and I'll probably be taking those two next month," he said. Fuller, ranked as the No. 75 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, now favors Arizona, South Carolina and Illinois solidly over Nebraska and Michigan. "I have family in Arizona and South Carolina, so that's why I'm looking at them," he admitted. He lives about two and half hours from Illinois and says he grew up following the Illini. "I don't care about the distance," he said. "It's cool with me either way. "I know a few guys (at Illinois) already and I'm real comfortable there," he said. "It's a great place." Another team he grew up following was Nebraska. "I love Ndamukong Suh. He's my favorite defensive player." He says that although both the Huskers and Wolverines are recruiting him, neither have talked with him about a possible scholarship offer yet. "I've actually talked with the Michigan coaches more than the Nebraska coaches," he said. "They really like my style of play." This coming weekend, Nov. 27, Fuller will be attending the Purdue/Indiana game and says the Boilermakers are also showing him some interest. While Fuller admits he hopes to get more offers, he says that recruiting isn't his number one priority. "Both my mom and grandma had a stroke this year," he said. "It's been hard. I'm the oldest boy, so I've got a lot of responsibility." Fuller says that his mother has been "doing a lot better," but admits his grandmother is "still struggling." He does not plan to make a decision until signing day. "I'm just praying to God about it," he said. "I pray I can go to college and play football and maybe someday play in the NFL. But if that's not what God has planned for me then that's okay too." Fuller finished his senior season (5-4) with 46 solo tackles, 18 sacks and 1 blocked punt. "I'm a very quick thinker," he said. "I'm a fast and aggressive player. I come off the line quick and I never give up. I love chasing and play until the clock shows zero." He says he can bench 365-pounds, squat 455 and has a 25-inch vertical jump. "I want to get stronger and faster," he said. "I'm trying to learn more about the game and improve my knowledge." Fuller hopes to major in engineering and reports a 2.4 core GPA and 19 ACT.
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