Roman Catholic's Fuller committed to stay at Penn State

Posted: July 25, 2012

JOE McCOURT, Roman Catholic High's football coach, wasn't sure what to expect at 7 o'clock Monday night when he met with William Fuller, his star wideout, and Fuller's parents, Bill and Megan.

"The first thing to come out of Will's mouth was, ‘I'm staying committed to Penn State,'?" McCourt said.

Obviously, these are beyond-trying times for the Nittany Lions and already some commits in the recruiting class of 2013 have opted out.

"Will fell in love with the place, and he still feels that way," McCourt said. "He knows there won't be bowl games [through 2015] — he didn't expect that — and that the program faces plenty of challenges, but he's staying with it for now.

“There were two things he wanted to know — that coach [Bill] O'Brien intends to stay and that he'll receive one of the 15 scholarships [down from 25] now available. He got those answers. I know he's very excited about playing with the 5-star quarterback recruit they have coming in with his class [Christian Hackenberg, prep school in Virginia] and for now that kid's still with them.

“These are very confusing times. So much is going on. Down the road, who knows what's going to happen? But for now Will is sticking with his commitment."

McCourt said Fuller was being hounded by numerous media outlets and preferred not to speak Monday night. The player intends to release a statement Tuesday, McCourt added.

In two varsity seasons, Fuller has made 78 catches for 1,450 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Contact Ted Silary at silaryt@phillynews.com. High school coverage online at www.philly.com/rally.

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