Ohio State Overview: Jordan Fuller is a terrific football player and an impressive young man who is, truly, on his way to a successful future whether it’s in football or out of football … he tied for the team lead in tackles last season with 81 and he was the second-leading tackler in 2017 – by one tackle – and has started 26 games for the back-to-back Big Ten Conference champions … he was also a team captain as a junior … he enters his senior campaign of 2019 with a 3.8 overall grade point average that has helped him earn every academic award available for an underclassmen, including first-team Academic All-American in 2018, Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar and multiple academic all-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete awards … he’ll graduate in December with a degree in business marketing … a veteran of 39 games played, Fuller enters his senior season with a team-high total of 162 career tackles, including another team-best total of 125 solo stops … he produced six games with eight-or-more tackles in 2019, including a career-best 12 vs. Minnesota and consecutive games of eight, nine and nine tackles against Michigan, Northwestern in the Big Ten title game and Washington in the Rose Bowl, respectively … recorded an interception against Michigan for the second consecutive year and had a fumble recovery against Northwestern … had 70 tackles as a sophomore in 2017 and 13 more solo tackles – 57 total – than anyone else on the team … he topped out at 10 tackles twice, vs. Iowa and in the Cotton Bowl victory over USC … recorded his first career interception in the end zone vs. Indiana … made game-deciding defensive play against Michigan, intercepting a pass with 2:36 left to play and Ohio State up by four in a game it would win, 31-20 … played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2016 … was part of the athletic department’s Huntington Bucks Go Pro summer internship program in 2019, working as a sports law intern with Anomaly Sports Group.
Notable Note: Fuller is a part of two important organizations on campus. He helped create a student-athlete-led seminar called The Buckeye Way: Sexuality, Identity, and Relationships to educate Ohio State student-athletes on sexual assault, sexual violence and healthy relationships all while dismantling any misconceptions surrounding the topics. They held a forum in April of this year. And he is part of a leadership team for an organization called RAS, or Redefining Athletic Standards, whose purpose is to give black student-athletes on campus a voice. The organization has hosted three on-campus events so far to facilitate discussions that help the athletes become defined by more than the sports they play.
Honors and Awards
2018: CoSIDA Academic All-American, second-team all-Big Ten (media), Academic All-Big Ten Conference, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2017: Third-team all-Big Ten, Second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, Academic All-Big Ten Conference, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2016: OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Jordan: Fuller, the Gatorade New Jersey player of the year and the NJ.com player of the year as a senior, was a 4-star prospect (ESPN, Scout, 247Sports) and one of the outstanding athletes in this class … he was rated as high as the No. 2 athlete nationally by 247Sports and ESPN ranking him No. 9, with Scout ranking him in the Top 10 (No. 9) at cornerback … he was also rated as high as the No. 41 overall player (247Sports) … a member of the PrepStar Dream Team … Fuller helped Old Tappan, coached by Brian Dunn, to a record of 29-5 between 2013-15, including a 12-0 season in 2015 when the Golden Knights won their first state title in 30 years … Fuller led the way with 747 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns; 33 receptions for 886 yards and five touchdowns; 44 tackles, six interceptions and 135 passing yards … he had 646 rushing yards and five touchdowns as a junior in addition to 15 receptions and 53 tackles … his career numbers included 30 touchdowns with two of those scores off interception returns and two off punt returns … played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … is the son of Cindy Mizelle and Bart Fuller … Mom is the rock star of the family, a highly regarded professional singer who has performed with greats, including Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys and Steely Dan to name but a few… brother, Devin, played collegiately at UCLA and spent a season with the Atlanta Falcons … also has one sister, Jasmine.