Gaels' Kyle Fuller picks Virginia Tech
For Mount St. Joseph cornerback Kyle Fuller, his college choice boiled down to this:
Play for the hometown team, join one older brother currently on campus, or follow in another brother’s collegiate footsteps.
Last night, Fuller chose the latter scenario. The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder committed to Virginia Tech, picking the Hokies over Maryland and Kansas.
“It feels good it’s over with,” Fuller said. “I don’t have to worry about it anymore, so it feels good.”
Corey Fuller runs track at Kansas, while Vincent Fuller was a four-year standout at Virginia Tech before being selected by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 108 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. Despite the obvious family ties, Kyle Fuller said his older brothers didn’t try to sway him in any way.
“I guess they were trying not to be biased about it,” Fuller said. “They were just telling me about their schools.”
Virginia Tech emerged as a strong possibility for Fuller during his sophomore year, when the Hokies became the first school to offer him a scholarship. Fuller started going to Hokies games on a regular basis in “fifth or sixth grade,” so the early offer was a welcomed surprise.
“I guess as I went more often, I got used to it,” Fuller said. “Seeing the campus [so often was nice]. I used to go in the locker room after the games. It was pretty cool. ... I went to a camp in the summer after my sophomore year. That’s when I guess it changed from Vincent’s little brother. And then they just started recruiting me from there.”
While the Virginia Tech staff highlighted the legacy angle in their recruitment of Fuller, they also made it clear they wanted him regardless of his brother.
“They go for the players that they want,” Fuller said. “I was the first corner that they offered, and I believe I’m the first one that committed.”
When Fuller decided he would commit to Virginia Tech earlier this week, he gave Vincent a call to deliver the news.
“He just said ‘if you feel comfortable, go ahead and make your decision,’” Fuller said. “He pretty much told me not to let them pressure me into doing it.”
Fuller helped the Gaels to an 8-2 record and a runner-up finish in the MIAA last season. He picked off four passes, forced three fumbles and scored two touchdowns. With recruiting out of the way, Fuller said he’ll focus on his final high school season before venturing down to Blacksburg.
The Hokies coaches told Fuller he’ll probably redshirt as a freshman, but that won’t stop him from doing everything in his power to continue and expand upon his brother’s legacy.
“I’m coming in to compete and work for a spot,” Fuller said. “I’m going to work hard to do that and have fun. I’ll be ready to play.”