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August 5, 2012

Fuller flips to Irish

Wide Receiver / Athlete
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Roman Catholic

Ht: 6'1"
Wt: 160 lbs

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On Saturday morning William Fuller waited outside the LaBar Practice Facility for a look at Notre Dame's training camp. Still a Penn State commitment at that point, the three-star athlete from Philadelphia was about to get a look at his future home, even if he didn't know it yet.

Barely 24 hours later, the 6-foot-1, 168-pound athlete had flipped from the Nittany Lions to the Irish.

"I committed to Notre Dame just now," Fuller told Irish Illustrated via text message.

Notre Dame projects Fuller as an athlete that could help at cornerback or wide receiver. Fuller becomes the 19th verbal commitment in the Irish recruiting class, one that jumps to No. 5 in the nation by leapfrogging Texas A&M and Georgia. The Irish trail only USC, Michigan, Florida and LSU.

Notre Dame started recruiting Fuller last winter but didn't offer a scholarship, which helped lead to his commitment to Penn State in June. But the NCAA sanctions levied against the Nittany Lions last month meant Fuller couldn't play in a bowl game until his senior year.

Still, the Roman Catholic standout appeared to reaffirm his pledge. Fuller visited State College last weekend and reportedly told head coach Bill O'Brien that he'd stick with the Nittany Lions. Fuller tweeted, "A bowl game? I [have] 108,000 behind me. Not worried about a bowl game."

Now Fuller will have 80,795 behind him every home game Saturday during his college career, with the goal of a bowl game not limited to just one season.

Check back on Irish Illustrated for more on Fuller's commitment later today.

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