Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 was a day that many high school and college football enthusiasts had marked on their calendars.
After a legendary football career at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, quarterback Devin Fuller made his decision on where he was to play college football.
Fuller chose to take his impressive skill set to Los Angeles and play for the UCLA Bruins on Sunday, disappointing a host of Rutgers and Nebraska fans while exciting the UCLA fan base.
On this same day, Fuller's 2011 highlight tape (check it out here) was released.
The reel, one which is unrivaled in terms of pre-release hype and post-release awesomeness, lasts about seven and a half minutes, which is significant considering how Fuller wore the No. 7 throughout his high school tenure.
VarsityHighlights, the company that released the film, typically produces highlight tapes for athletes in the Bergen County/Northern New Jersey area. Their compilations mainly help aspiring athletes have a play reel to show potential collegiate suitors.
It was VarsityHighlights that played an instrumental role in putting Fuller, a standout quarterback, on the college recruiting map.
In fact, B/R featured columnist Danny Flynn ranked Fuller's 2010 highlight tape (a VarsityHighlights production) as one of the top five in the nation. Fuller's tape was, according to Flynn, on par with top-level recruits like RBs Johnathan Gray and Barry Sanders Jr., as well as WR Stefon Diggs.
Though VarsityHighlights chairman Dan Goodman knew early where Fuller would play football, he wouldn't let on any about the Old Tappan signal-caller's decision.
It wouldn't do Fuller's storied career any justice to have published a regular highlight tape, so Goodman made the executive decision to produce "Devin Fuller: The Movie" instead of just a regular, four-minute reel of impressive plays.
The field general's "movie" features highlights from his senior year all the way back to his middle-school, pee-wee football days. The tape is a tale of twelve years of dedication, talent and commitment.
Speaking of commitment, Fuller will be playing college football at UCLA, a football program that is on the rise after reaching the Pac-12 championship game this season.
Fuller's high school career featured 10,773 yards and 118 touchdowns, with 3,573 yards and 37 touchdowns (2,247 yards and 20 touchdowns through the air) coming this season.
UCLA lost to Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl this season, finishing 6-8 (5-4 Pac 12) on the season, but won over Fuller during his official visit.
Fuller's commitment comes on the heels of North Bergen linebacker Vin Ascolese's commitment to Arkansas, also featured on VarsityHighlights. Check out Ascolese's VarsityHighlights highlight tape here.