Coach Taggart impresses local ATH Fullwood

Coach Taggart impresses local ATH Fullwood

The staff has offered another emerging local prospect in Tajee Fullwood, a versatile athlete at Tampa Bay Tech. The 6-foot-2, 187 pound prospect talks about his offer from the Bulls what stood out about Head Coach Taggart and more.

The staff has offered another local prospect in Tajee Fullwood, a versatile athlete at Tampa Bay Tech. The 6-foot-2, 187 pound prospect does it all plays defensive back, receiver, running back and returns punts and kicks scoring five touchdowns in a variety of ways.

"I just got the USF offer," said Fullwood.  "I felt pretty good to get an offer from the home town team, now I got a few big offers."

As a junior recorded 3 interceptions with one taken back for a pick six, 7 passes defended, with 23 tackles on defense, had 14 catches for 212 yards, (15.6) and 1 TD, and also rushed 16 times for 113 yards (7.06) on offense. He also averaged 46 yards a kick return, and had three he took all the way for scores. His sophomore season at East Bay, Fullwood was a quarterback, throwing for 644 yards and rushing for 690 with 13 TDs.

The 6-foot-2, 187 pound prospect that played a little of everything said there isn't a spot he prefers.

"Not really, most schools see me as a NFL corner at least that's what they say," said Fullwood. "But some colleges like me at receiver too."

 "My best attributes is my height and athleticism. Most corners aren't 6'2. I'm tall, got long arms and range to cover the field," said Fullwood. "I'm also aggressive and can do a lot of different things well.

On the recruiting front things are picking up as schools are showing interest and he now has four offers from UMASS, North Carolina Central, Louisville and USF. The offer from the Bulls was the most recent and he wasn't the first to find out about it.

"They told my coach and he called me, but I didn't see it at first and people started tweeting it, so everybody knew about it before I did," said Fullwood. "It still felt good to get the offer, I like Coach Taggart."

The versatile athlete took in USF junior day and got to see more of the school and meet the coaches.

 "Junior day was real good. We got to see the campus, all the different buildings, the facilities and all they have," said Fullwood. "I've seen it before because my mom works and goes there. But I got to see more of the football facilities and all of that was real nice, modern, and brand new looking."

The best part of the visit for the local athlete was getting to talk with the Bulls staff and Coach Willie Taggart

"I got to meet a lot of the coaches and they were all very nice, especially coach Taggart," said Fullwood. "He's got to be one of the coolest coaches that I've ever met. He's so down to earth and not full of himself, or talks down to you. He talks to you like you're a man and is just real easy to talk with."

The thing that stood out the most was the message that Coach T was trying to express to the local prospects.

"He was saying how all the colleges come to Tampa because that's where the best talent is at and how he wants to keep all the top guys at home and start a Tampa tradition here at USF," said Fullwood. "That stuck with me, because if we can keep all the talent at USF, than it would be an unstoppable team."

Fullwood said he used to have a childhood favorite, but now he's open to a lot of different schools.

"When I was a little kid I really liked FSU and that's where I want to go, but that has lessened and there are a lot of schools I like now," said Fullwood. "Right now I like all the schools that have offered me including USF and Louisville. I also like Mississippi State, Iowa State, and Miami."

The Tampa Bay Tech prospects said he plans on taking several trips this spring to catch a few practices and spring games.

"Louisville wants me to go to their spring game with my teammate Richard Benjamin," said Fullwood. "And the coaches at USF want me to come to a practice.

Fullwood may not have a top school list, but knows what he's looking for when he makes that choice.

 "First I'm looking at academics because education is big to me. I'm also looking at whether I have chemistry with the coach, and also if I like the school and feel comfortable. There has to be a lot of chemistry with all of that." 

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