LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Kendall Fuller, a top cornerback recruit out of Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies over the Clemson Tigers Sunday during the final round of ESPN's Gridiron Kings competition.
Surprisingly, ESPN.com published the story before it aired on the TV broadcast:
"As I was driving home from the visit to Clemson, I started thinking about where I was going to develop most as a player," Fuller said. "I just got that feeling that I knew I wanted to go to Virginia Tech. Their defense is so complex that you never know what they are going to be doing. Coach (Bud) Foster and Coach (Torrian) Gray are amazing coaches. They have a track record of great defensive backs that Coach Gray has produced. Just sitting in the room watching film and seeing some of the different techniques, I just felt that the only way I could fail was if I did not work hard."
Fuller is a consensus top-three corner nationally and some services rate him as a five-star player. Fuller spoke with SB Nation Recruiting about the Hokies Saturday.
Fuller's brothers play at Virginia Tech, and I asked him about how that impacted his recruitment.
"It matters. I've had my brothers go through there, see how they developed, and what they say about it. I know they're honest with me about it and I know what I'm going to get at Virginia Tech," Fuller said.
His mind had been made up for a few days.
"I definitely knew when I got down here," Fuller said.
One draw of Virginia Tech is NFL development.
"Definitely. You want a coach who will develop you, teach different techniques, and get you ready for the league," Fuller said of Bud Foster and the Virginia Tech staff.
Unlike some top recruits, Fuller isn't worried about early playing time.
"Not really. I'll make my own playing time anywhere I go," Fuller said Saturday.
Fuller should immediately compete for a starting job in Blacksburg. He is Virginia Tech's 15th commitment of the 2013 class.
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