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Will Fuller announces he’ll return for senior season

Notre Dame v Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Will Fuller #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish catches a pass before running into the endzone for a touchdown in the second quarter in front of Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Brian Kelly has talked about the rare six-star recruit. He landed one this offseason in left tackle Ronnie Stanley. His others include Michael Floyd, Tyler Eifert and Manti Te’o. Now add to the list Will Fuller, who said Wednesday that he plans on returning for his senior season.

Fuller was available to local media on Wednesday, not all that unusual, especially as the junior continues to score touchdowns by the bushel. But as WNDU’s Angelo Di Carlo tiptoed his way into asking Fuller if Senior Day could also be his final game in Notre Dame Stadium as well, the junior made it clear he will be back in 2016—emphatic after Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister put him on the spot.

“Yes. I need to graduate,” Fuller said. “That’s what I came here for.”

You can see the exchange below, courtesy of Irish Illustrated.

It’s been that kind of year, folks. One of the biggest questions of the offseason answered—and in the way Notre Dame fans hoped—in November.

Talking to people behind the scenes at Notre Dame, Fuller’s announcement was something he’s weighed and considered. That makes it much different than when Stephon Tuitt declared to The Observer that he was going to return for his senior season and graduate, only to backpedal from the comments a few days later before ultimately deciding to leave after his junior year.

With Fuller back in 2016, Notre Dame’s offense is bringing back college football’s most prolific scoring wide receiver over the past two seasons. Fuller has scored 27 touchdowns in the 22 games since the start of his sophomore season, 12 touchdowns and 900 yards with four games to go this season.

Fuller plans on earning his degree in psychology next year.