Southwest Recruiting Notebook
Jeff Fuller
Jeff Fuller
Posted May 2, 2007

Last week was full of excitement as announced that it had added to its network by teaming up with Aggie Websider and Texas Prep Insider to provide stronger coverage in the "Lone Star State". Right off of the bat the new team of experts brought us up to date with one of the state's top remaining uncommitted prospects....

Wide receiver prospect Jeffrey Fuller entered his junior season playing on the inaugural Boyd (TX) HS football team. The Blazin’ Broncos had a tough road in its first season of Texas high school football, going 0-10. However, the lack of team success has not stopped college coaches from pursuing the 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior wide receiver.

“I have offers from Texas A&M, OU, and OSU,” Fuller said. “I’ve visited all three schools so far and they all have a lot to offer.”

Fuller grew up in California where his dad played in the NFL. However, he has returned with his family to the Lone Star state where his father starred as a defensive back for Texas A&M.

“When my father came back (to A&M), he said a lot of things had changed with the community and the campus,” Fuller said. “But he said something that will never change is the tradition and the quality of people there. He loves it.”

That admiration for Texas A&M has carried down to his son.

“A&M is unlike anything I’ve seen before. The facilities are unbelievable,” Fuller said. “It’s all first rate and I think the coaches are great.”

But while the Aggies are very high on his list, the receiver is also looking hard at several other schools, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

“OU has all the national championships. They have a great strength and conditioning coach and they throw the ball a lot,” Fuller said. “I went to OSU with some friends and had a good time. They are making very nice changes to the stadium and I like the staff.”

While those three schools have been pursuing Fuller for a while, several big name suitors are taking notice and entering the fray.

“Both Michigan and Ohio State are planning to stop by the school. Ohio State said they may offer me,” Fuller said. “Texas also stopped by and invited me to campus for an unofficial visit in a couple of weeks so I’m going.”

Asked if a Texas offer would be significant in his recruiting process, Fuller said it would.

“If Texas offered, it would open things for me,” Fuller said. “It’s a good school and they’ve done great things with wide receivers like Limus Sweed and Roy Williams. They would be one of the schools I look at closely.”

Robert Golden
Now that spring practices have concluded it is time for the recruiting trail to truly heat up. This is the time of year when college coaches truly earn their recruiting stripes as they hit the road and visit high schools and junior colleges around their recruiting areas to continue to evaluate the best talent.

One of the best cornerbacks in the nation is Fresno (CA) Edison High School standout Robert Golden. Golden was in Tucson for the Wildcats’ spring game and Golden says that Arizona is going to be hard to beat.

“Everything was great,” he said. “I really liked everything that I was able to see. The stadium and all of the facilities are great and I really liked getting to talk to some of the players and coaches and everything. When I was there Coach (Mike) Stoops told me that I have a chance to go in and battle for Antoine’s (Cason) spot. Antoine and Wilrey (Fontenot) both have played since their freshmen year so I know that if you are good enough and earn it then you can play right away for Coach Stoops.”

Golden got some recent good news as he was notified that he was nominated for selection to the Army All American Game. He attended the Army All American Combine and he thinks that is where things really started to happen for him. “I went to the Army combine and I did well,” he said. “After that I started getting a lot more attention and now they said that I was nominated for the game and I am proud to be nominated because it means a lot to me. I am very excited.”

Academically Robert says that he wants to major in Business and while he was in Tucson he got a chance to check out the Eller College of Business and he came away impressed.

“I know Arizona has a very good Business school,” he remarked. “That is what I want to major in and their school is very good. I know that I would get a very good education at Arizona and that is another reason they are my favorite.”

Speaking of favorites, Golden went on to say that he does have a top five and he also reiterated that the Cats are at the top of the list.

“Yes Arizona is my favorite,” he said. “I have Arizona at the top and I also like Oregon State (offer), Florida (no offer), UCLA (offer) and USC (no offer). I am pretty open to all schools because I want to take my time and go through the process for a while and I don’t really know when I want to make a final decision yet.”

On the field Golden has many solid physical attributes but the one that he thinks is his bet is probably what makes him perfect for defensive play in the Pac-10 Conference.

My bumping is my best attribute I think,” Golden said with confidence. “I think everyone has trouble beating my jams and I love playing tight man and jamming at the line. I love playing man and going one on one with the receivers.”


Bryant Newell
Bryant Newell, an offensive lineman prospect from Springdale-Har-Ber, (Ark.), is hearing from a slew of college programs. His father, Curtis Newell, talked with about his recruitment.

“Bryant is hearing from more than 30 schools," Curtis Newell said. "We think he is very close to getting a couple of offers in the coming weeks."

“I would say Texas Tech is recruiting him harder than anyone at the moment, but he has also been hearing from a lot of the SEC schools. Arkansas, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss Vanderbilt and recently Florida have been calling his coach.”

“In the Big 12 he hears from Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas and Kansas State. Other that are recruiting him are Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Louisville, Rutgers--just too many to name.”

Mr. Newell also tells us about Bryant Newell’s favorites.

“I think he is open to just about anyone at this point," he said. "We are just going through the process and trying to figure out what’s best for Bryant."

"Bryant has figured out he can get a great education from his ability to play football, which is the most important thing.”

“I believe he would consider any of the SEC schools along with the Big 12 and several others. He’s wide open with his recruitment."

“Some of the schools that I know are coming to watch him this spring are, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Stanford. Stanford has been showing him a lot of interest recently, along with Tulsa."

"Those are the only schools that have made plans to come to spring practice, although others are supposed to come too.”

“The recruiting process has been exciting for him, and we’re learning all we can as we go along. He has a lot of decisions to make over the next few months, and as a parent you want to help him in any way possible.”

When asked if his son has plans to attend any combines or camps this summer, “I’m sure he will attend some camps this summer, but I’m not sure which schools he’ll go to," he said.

“I know he’s going to attend the All-American Combine in Kansas City. Bryant went to the Combine as a sophomore, so we know Scout does a great job with their combine.”

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