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Though the query seemed outlandish for a kid who had yet to enter high school, it became the natural thing to ask as Fuller’s three older brothers, Vincent, Corey and Kyle, all went through the recruiting process. And besides, Fuller already had his mind made up.
“I would always say whatever college Kyle goes to,” Fuller recalled Wednesday. “Now to have it happen just like that today is amazing.”
Fuller stayed true to his word Wednesday, signing with Virginia Tech and becoming the fourth brother to join the Hokies. Vincent has played seven seasons as an NFL safety, Corey has his sights on the NFL after a stellar senior season at wideout for the Hokies, and Kyle is a junior defensive back in Blacksburg.
“Being able to sign with my teammates, who I consider brothers, and to go to the game school as my actual brothers is a dream come true,” Kendall said.
People are already entertaining the idea of Kendall and Kyle both starting in the secondary next season, and based on Kendall’s impressive senior campaign at Good Counsel, the potential is certainly there.
At defensive back, Fuller intercepted three passes to go with 28 tackles, eight pass breakups and a sack. On the other side of the ball, the six-foot, 185-pounder caught 44 passes for 695 yards and seven touchdowns to earn All-Met Offensive Player of the Year honors. His efforts also yielded the U.S. Army All-American Defensive Player of the Year award and a spot on the Parade All-American team.
Fuller’s breakout offensive performance came in the Falcons’ final game of the season, when he caught three touchdowns to lead Good Counsel past DeMatha for its fourth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.
“I didn’t use him nearly as much as I should have” said Milloy, who had eight seniors sign to colleges on Wednesday. “It wasn’t until the last game that I figured out we just need to throw the ball to him as much as possible. But he never complained. He’s a great kid and I’m really going to miss him.”
So too will Fuller’s mother, Nina – although after nurturing football players for three decades with her husband, she won’t mind having an empty nest, either.
“Kendall’s the last one in a long line, so you might see me doing cartwheels when he leaves,” Nina Fuller joked. “But really, it’s a blessing to see your four boys reach this point and realize their dreams. I remember Kendall always competing with his brothers and he wasn’t just trying to keep up with them; he did keep up with them and never backed down.”
“He’s not following in our footsteps; he’s creating his own path as a great player and young man,” added Vincent Fuller, who attended Wednesday’s ceremony. “We’ll always have those memories and those brotherly rivalries brought out the best in all four of us.”
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