Kendall Fuller is considered one of, if not the best, cornerback in the upcoming recruiting class. According to reports Fuller has his decision down to two schools; Clemson and Virginia Tech. Fuller is the younger brother of former Hokie Vincent and current Hokies Corey and Kyle. The fact that Clemson is even in the conversation is an upset in itself. It was widely assumed by fans that Kendall would follow his older brothers to Blacksburg. So is it possible that Kendall bucks the Fuller trend and becomes a Clemson Tiger?
Fuller is considered a 5-star recruit according to all of the major recruiting sites, and Rivals.com has him ranked as the top corner in the nation. The Fuller family has a good relationship with Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech as evidenced by the fact that three of them have spent their collegiate careers in Blacksburg. It certainly appears that the Hokies have done right by the Fullers as well. Virginia Tech sent Vincent to the NFL and it seems that Kyle will also be entering the NFL in the near future. These have to be the biggest reasons why Virginia Tech is considered the favorites to sign Kendall.
Kendall is considered the most talented of the four brothers, which is the reason why he has been recruited by most of the major collegiate programs. Both Clemson and Virginia Tech offer different things for the youngest Fuller.
Clemson has a brand new defensive coordinator in Brent Venables (who spent the prior 13 years with the Oklahoma Sooners). The last time that Clemson’s defense was on the field. They gave up 70 points to West Virginia in last season’s Orange Bowl. Clemson would probably figure out a way to give Kendall Fuller immediate playing time and a chance at the ACC Championship and possibly a National Championship. Many believe that Clemson offers the ACC their best chance at a National Title in years, but the defense is the Tiger’s biggest weakness. Fuller could definitely help remedy that.
However, Virginia Tech offers Fuller an established defense and one of the most respected and feared defensive coordinators in the country with Bud Foster. The Hokies also offer a history of sending cornerbacks to the NFL under defensive backs coach Torrian Gray. It is still unclear whether or not the Hokies can offer Fuller immediate playing time. Frank Beamer has bucked the trend of redshirting his top talent in their first year because of so many early departures over the past few years.
The new plan in Blacksburg is to play the top talent as soon as possible so if players leave early at least the Hokies will get every play they can from them. The Hokies can also offer something that Clemson can’t, a chance to play across the field from his older brother Kyle. Frank Beamer likes having brothers on the field together as evidenced by former Hokies Nathaniel and Xavier Adibi, as well as, current VT defensive tackles Antoine and Derrick Hopkins. A pairing of Kyle and Kendall Fuller in the same secondary is something that Hokie fans are salivating over.
As of now it is still unclear what Kendall Fuller will do. The Hokies clearly offer more, but the Tigers have a better shot at the National Championship. It is impossible to guess what he will do, but unlike the previous two games between Virginia Tech and Clemson, this contest might go the distance.