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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Signee profile: TE Brandon Fulse

Brandon Fulse, a four-star tight end from Fort Meade, Fla., who committed last week, made it official today by sending in his letter of intent. He is the Tigers' fifth signee today.

The 6-foot-4, 247-pound tight end adds some bulk to Auburn's tight end position, bringing a strong blocking element to the table.

But he can also be a weapon in the passing game. An all-district selection in 2011, Fulse caught 39 passes for 607 yards and eight touchdowns. He had six quarterback sacks on defense.

ESPN's No. 5 tight end was a 2011 Under Armour All-American game selection.

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  • Committed: Jan. 27, 2011
  • Recruited by: Trooper Taylor, Jeff Grimes
  • Also considered: Miami, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson
  • Rivals: 162 overall, 10 position, 29 state
  • Scout: 275 overall, 13 position
  • ESPN: 94 overall, 5 position
  • Notable: Former high school teammate of current Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb
  • Quotable: ""I like Coach (Gus) Malzahn, he is a great guy. I like his offense and I feel I can go in there and play early. Beyond that, I just have a great relationship with him. We are cool, can clown around when it is time and when it is time to get serious, we get serious." -- Fulse

Here's a free scouting report on Fulse courtesy of Rivals:
  • On the Hoof: Fulse has excellent height and a great lower body to become an every-down tight end. His frame and size is similar to fellow 2011 tight end Chris Barnett.
  • Needs Improvement: The key to Fulse's future will be adding some upper-body muscle mass, so he can become a more effective blocker. Fulse could improve his overall speed, which should help him become a mismatch for linebackers.
  • Most Impressive: He runs very sharp routes and has soft hands. His height and overall size will give smaller linebackers and defensive backs problems. I also like his ability to catch the ball at the highest point, stealing poorly thrown passes from defensive backs.
  • Conclusion: He has the potential to be a major receiving threat at the next level. He also has the body to grow into a strongside defensive end if so inclined. Fulse will most likely redshirt while he spends some time with the strength and conditioning staff.

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