Sun Prairie, Wis., wing Nick Fuller wasn't supposed to come to Lincoln for another three weeks, but a sudden break in his schedule allowed him to make an impromptu trip for an unofficial visit on Thursday and Friday.
As it turned out, that chance opportunity ended up landing Nebraska its first verbal commitment of the 2013 class.
The 6-foot-7 three-star prospect had already narrowed down his top two schools to Nebraska and Minnesota a couple weeks ago. But it wasn't until he was able to see the campus for himself and see just where the program is headed under head coach Tim Miles that he knew NU was the place for him.
"I just decided to take an unofficial just to kind of see everything and see where everything stands," Fuller said. "I came to Nebraska, and everything was just a great fit. Everything felt right, so I popped the commitment."
Fuller had already scheduled an official visit with the Huskers for the weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 2, in which he would attend Nebraska's football season opener against Southern Miss. The Sun Prairie High School standout didn't need all the hoopla of game day to confirm what he had already been thinking for some time, however.
"Definitely I came in seriously interested in both Nebraska and Minnesota, but we went through all the facilities and everything and I got to talk with Coach Miles a lot, and I think that's when I kind of knew this would be it," Fuller said. "Then today we talked with Coach Miles for about an hour and a half, and everything went great. Everything felt great."
Interestingly enough, Nebraska's coaches got a little help from another recruit to help convince Fuller to commit. Four-star 2013 Omaha power forward Akoy Agau, one of NU's top targets, came down to Lincoln and met with Fuller during his visit.
Agau was just on campus Wednesday for an unofficial visit, during which he said Miles asked him to come back and help show Fuller and another unofficial visitor, 2013 Texas guard Nathan Hawkins around.
"They said they had some players coming in today, and they asked me if I would come in while they were here," Agau said. "So I made my way back down there and just kind of talked to them and stuff. I just met them, and I've been down to Lincoln so much that I already know everything. I just gave them some advice."
"When I told him I committed, I could tell he was really excited about that. I know he's excited about Nebraska basketball. We just kind of talked and built a good relationship."
Along with Minnesota, Fuller also had offers from the likes of Illinois, Creighton, Marquette, Butler, Northern Iowa and Drake. He definitely raised his stock this summer playing with his Wisconsin Swing AAU team, catching the eyes of many college coaches including Miles, who attended nearly all of Fuller's games this spring and summer.
Fuller averaged 23 points and eight rebounds for Sun Prairie last season.
"I loved Coach Miles and the coaching staff, and just everything felt right," Fuller said. "I knew I just had to commit then."
Fuller said he still plans to make it down to Lincoln for his official visit, but will move his visit date back to the weekend of Nebraska's Big Ten Conference football opener against Wisconsin on Sept. 29
With the addition of Fuller, the Huskers now have four scholarships available for the 2013 class. With the first piece now in place, the Husker coaches are hoping Fuller can be the foundation to continue to build for the future.
"I think the one thing was really Coach Miles and coaching staff," Fuller said. "I mean, Coach Miles really has a great passion for the game and has a drive to win and turn the Nebraska program around. I felt like this was a great chance to step in and play a big role and possibly play as a freshman. I think that's something that really made me feel that this was the place for me."