Every coach wants players that are technically sound, but I like players who play multiple positions more than just one even if that player isn’t as polished as some others. Most of the time that just means the upside can be that much greater once the right position is chosen for them at the next level.
Old Tappan High athlete Jordan Fuller is capable of playing multiple positions at the next level, but I believe his greatest upside is on the defensive side of the ball. I think he has a very bright future as a safety, but time will tell if that is position he ultimately ends up sticking at in college.
There are a lot of players who are tall with great length, but Fuller is more physically developed than a lot of them and still has room to add weight if he wants. He is big enough to play at the college level right now. He has some twitchiness in his movement and has solid change of direction skills, but also can be a little bit tight when he has to open up. He has good top end speed.
Fuller plays both quarterback and receiver on offense. He shows surprisingly good lateral agility for his size and runs extremely hard as a runner at quarterback as well as after the catch as a receiver. He’s not a huge make you miss kind of player, but shows the strength and power to run through tackles and run away from defenders.
He has good ball skills and consistently brings in the football away from his body. His quarterback throwing to him doesn’t always put him in a great position and he has to adjust to a lot of poorly thrown balls.
He lines up on safety on defense and there are many things he needs to improve on. He gets a little high in his backpedal and will drift at times to spots it looks like he shouldn’t be in zone coverage. In saying that, he reacts so well when the ball is in the air and can be both a physical presence to receivers after they make a catch and also shows those same ball skills that he has at receiver. He’ll see something and jump it. I think that’s more natural instinct than anything else.
He has the ability to play man coverage and his size and strength are a definite asset when playing press. I would worry about him matching up with smaller and quicker players, but his length makes up for some of that if he gets behind a step. He is a little bit tight in the hips when he has to transition, which is unexpected for a player his size.
He does a nice job of coming up and supporting the run. He needs to become a more consistent tackler and wrap up better, but he will be aggressive and attack ball carriers. As he becomes a better tackler, he can make an even greater impact in the run game.
I like Fuller on defense at safety as a free safety, but don’t think he has the range to be a single high free safety. He’s more of a split the field player in my opinion.
Fuller is one of those athletes that I think will flourish once he is able to concentrate on one position at the next level. He has the size to compete early in his career and once he refines some of his technique, I think he should be someone that has a chance to start for a school for multiple seasons.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).