Fuller following brothersto Va. Tech

After flirting with other options, Good Counsel All-Met Kendall Fuller finally decided to follow in his siblings’ footsteps Sunday. The top football recruit in the Washington area, Fuller announced he plans to attend Virginia Tech in 2013. That is the same school where his three older brothers have spent their college careers.

Fuller chose the Hokies over Clemson, a decision that was more difficult than expected. His father, Vincent, said Sunday that his son was previously torn between the two schools even though Blacksburg had become “a second home.”

Fuller even showed up to a Virginia Tech recruiting camp two weeks ago with the ‘VT’ logo and a Tigers paw shaved into his head. He visited Clemson’s campus a second time with his mother, Nina, last weekend.

Ultimately, though, his family ties won out. By Thursday, Fuller had a “gut feeling” the Hokies were his choice.

“Just watching them progress over the years, watching them develop there at Virginia Tech, [I’m] just going there to finish it up and show off for the Fuller brothers,” he told ESPN when he made his choice public as part of the Gridiron Kings recruiting event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “I loved both schools, but at the end of the day you can only choose one school. I chose Virginia Tech.”

Fuller, a Baltimore native, is considered the top cornerback in the country, and the No. 3 overall prospect in the nation, according to Rivals.com. He becomes the first consensus five-star prospect to commit to Virginia Tech since quarterback Tyrod Taylor in 2007.

Fuller finished with 25.5 tackles and three interceptions last year for Good Counsel, which completed the first undefeated season in school history by winning a third consecutive WCAC title. He is now the 15th oral commitment to Virginia Tech’s 2013 recruiting class.

In 2013, Fuller could form a dynamic cornerback tandem with older brother Kyle, a rising junior who was named to the preseason all-ACC team last week. Corey Fuller is currently a senior wide receiver for the Hokies, while eldest brother Vincent spent the past seven years in the NFL after playing safety for Virginia Tech (2000-2003).

“I just never visualized that all of them would go to Virginia Tech, never in my wildest dreams,” Fuller’s father, Vincent, said. “It’s a pretty exciting moment, and I’m glad Kendall decided to follow in the family tradition because he definitely could’ve gone anywhere in the country that he wanted to go.”

Mark Giannotto covers Virginia and Virginia Tech for The Washington Post.
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