Fuller leaving Neville for IMG Academy

Fuller leaving Neville for IMG Academy


Fuller leaving Neville for IMG Academy


Neville wide receiver Chris Fuller (17) makes a catch over a Warren Easton defender during the 2014 Class 4A state championship game.

Neville wide receiver Chris Fuller (17) makes a catch over a Warren Easton defender during the 2014 Class 4A state championship game.

Another Louisiana high school football standout is headed to IMG Academy.

Neville two-star wide receiver Chris Fuller announced on Twitter Thursday that he’ll play his senior season at the sports training facility and private school in Bradenton, Florida.

Fuller leaves for IMG on Friday and will attend the school on a partial scholarship.

“It’s hard to leave my brothers at Neville but this is an opportunity of a lifetime I couldn’t pass up,” Fuller told the News-Star. “That isn’t a knock against Neville but after talking to my parents and my family we felt like this would be the best decision in the long run.”


Fuller joins former Calvary Baptist (Shreveport) quarterback Shea Patterson, the nation’s top dual-threat passer according to Rivals, as the state’s latest college-bound prospect to opt for IMG.

IMG became aware of Fuller through the Louisiana Bootleggers summer 7-on-7 team, where Fuller and Patterson were teammates.

“Shea Patterson and I have a good connection and the coaches gave me a call,” Fuller said.

After making his decision, Fuller informed Neville head coach Mickey McCarty Thursday afternoon.

“Obviously as a coach you don’t like the timing of things like this but we have a strong, tight-knit football team,” McCarty said. “It’s disappointing but Chris is a good kid that worked hard for us and I hope it works out for him.”

Fuller led defending Class 4A state champion Neville with 27 catches for 724 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014 and earned All-District and All-NELA honors. His current list of offers include Tulane, McNeese State, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin.

SEC notables Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss have expressed interest in Fuller, but haven’t offered him a scholarship.

IMG began fielding a national high school football team in 2013 with the goal of developing high school talent into college-ready prospects. The roster at IMG includes eight of the current Rivals Top-100.

Chris Weinke, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Florida State, was the first head football coach in school history. Former Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints passer Steve Walsh is the program’s director of football operations.

Fuller said he hopes the exposure that comes with IMG will help him attract more college offers.

“That’s part of the reason and also just want to become a better player. They run everything like a college,” Fuller said.

“I’m excited to get down there and see what I can do.”

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