BLACKSBURG, Va. – Cornerback Kendall Fuller, one of the highest rated uncommitted football recruits in the 2013 class, announced his intention to sign with Virginia Tech on Sunday.
The 5-foot-11, 189-pound Fuller, rated a five-star prospect by the recruiting service Rivals.com, chose the Hokies over another Atlantic Coast Conference school, Clemson.
The Olney, Md. native made his announcement at halftime of the Champion Gridiron Kings event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He said, “I’m not going to say much,” then unzipped a jacket to reveal a Virginia Tech shirt.
“I just got that gut feeling,” Fuller said during the ESPN3 broadcast. “I loved both schools but at the end of the day you have to pick one.”
Fuller said he made up his mind Thursday.
Fuller’s older brother, Vincent, played at Virginia Tech and then in the NFL. Two other older brothers, senior wide receiver Corey Fuller and junior cornerback Kyle Fuller, are on the Hokies’ current roster.
The younger Fuller had also considered Michigan, but narrowed his choices down to Virginia Tech and Clemson. At the Nike event, The Opening, in Beaverton, Ore., Fuller got a special haircut revealing his final two. He had the Clemson Tigers logo cut shaved into one side of his head and a “VT” cut into the other side.
At Tech, Fuller joins a 2013 class that already includes a pair of four-star recruits in Salem (Virginia Beach) High School quarterback Bucky Hodges and Manchester (Midlothian) High defensive back Holland Fisher.
Fuller is the fourth five-star recruit, as rated by Rivals, to pick Tech in the last decade, joining quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Marcus Vick and cornerback Macho Harris.