After only a few months at USF, Willie Taggart seems much closer to building the fence around the bay area that Skip Holtz once promised to deliver.
Taggart and the Bulls landed another top local recruit Wednesday, earning the oral commitment of Tampa Bay Tech senior Tajee Fullwood.
While USF has done well recruiting local standouts, Fullwood may be the Bulls' most prominent get, as they lured him away from an impressive list of interested schools, including FSU, that will only continue to grow this summer and fall.
Fullwood, one of Tampa Bay’s best and most versatile athletes, has generated lots of recruiting interest after a breakout junior season and a series of impressive performances with local 7-on-7 team Unsigned Preps. He said his recruiting started to take off after an offer from Louisville. "When I got that, everyone was like, who is this guy,'' Fullwood said.
He has 20 offers. He had narrowed his choices to a final seven: USF, FSU, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kentucky and Rutgers.
Two weeks ago, some recruiting analysts reported that a Fullwood-to-FSU commitment was imminent while he was visiting in Tallahassee. "I was real close,'' said Fullwood, who grew up a Seminole fan.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Fullwood returned kicks, caught passes and ran the ball last season for Tampa Bay Tech, and is also one of the area’s top defensive backs.
Fullwood caught 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown, intercepted three passes and defended seven more, and averaged 46 yards per kick returns.
As a sophomore at East Bay, Fullwood threw for 744 yards, ran for 690 and scored 13 touchdowns.
While FSU was recruiting him as a defensive back, Fullwood said USF wants him as an athlete, with a position to be determined.
Fullwood’s pledge comes only a week after Taggart secured the commitments of Wharton quarterback Chase Litton and Jefferson’s Deiondre Porter, a prolific high school quarterback who projects as a defensive back in college.