Bizarrely, New Jersey native emerges as top player at West Coast's The Opening camp

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Bizarrely, New Jersey native emerges as top player at West Coast's The Opening camp

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Bizarrely, New Jersey native emerges as top player at West Coast's The Opening camp

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When the regional camp for Nike’s The Opening pulled into Oakland, there were some 500 athletes in attendance. Nearly all of them came from the West coast. The (arguably) best prospect did not.

At least that was the assessment from Barton Simmons, the scouting director for 247 Sports, which is tied to the event. His top praise was reserved for Jordan Fuller, a defensive back considered an “athlete” recruit from Northern Valley High in — wait for it — New Jersey.

Yes, Fuller got on a plane and traveled thousands of miles from Newark, N.J. to Oakland just so he could show his skills at the West Coast Opening. As it turns out, those skills were so impressive that they almost instantly earned him an invite to the national edition of The Opening, not to mention a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

Here is Simmons’ full take on Fuller’s performance:

Fuller was one of the top defensive backs throughout the day in every drill. He has unique size and outstanding athletic ability that translates at defensive back. His performance earned Fuller an invite to The Opening finals and a spot on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster.

What next for Fuller? A senior season at Northern Valley, not to mention a whole lot more recruiting. He holds offers from powerhouse programs like Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and UCLA, to name just a few. All those teams will get a more full look at him during both The Opening and in the 2015 season, all while Fuller is sizing up the best fit for his next move himself. Something tells us that his older brother, UCLA player Devin Fuller, might be in his ear a bit.

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