Wyatt Teller has made up his mind, and some might be a little surprised with the result. Teller, the standout defensive end from Bealeton VA, is picking the Virginia Tech Hokies over the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The 6’4’’265lb beast of a defensive lineman, who is one of the highest ranked recruits in the country, is choosing the Hokies over UVA, Oregon, Clemson and Michigan. Many pundits had Teller pegged to be going to school about 61 miles south of Bealeton in Charlottesville, to play for Mike London and Virginia. But instead, He will be making the 200 mile journey to the southwest corner of Virginia in Blacksburg, to play for Frank Beamer and co. It also helped the Hokies that Teller grew up a fan of Tech and has a lot of friends and family associated with the school.
Teller is eagerly looking forward to playing for one of the most prestigious defenses in the country, one that is ranked amongst the best in the country year-in and year-out. It’s not a secret that Teller has developed great relationships with not only Beamer, but Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster and Defensive Line Coach Charley Wiles. Some had speculated an announcement like this wouldn’t come until Teller plays in the U.S. Army All-American Game, which has become more of a show announcing where high profile recruits will be going to school and less about an all star game. But Teller clearly wants to focus on his senior season and not the whirlwind that is recruiting. He is also looking to build upon a fantastic junior season at Liberty High School, where he had 85 tackles (27 for a loss), 10 sacks and 3 interceptions.
This is a classic get for Beamer. Beamer has become the model of consistency in college football in several ways. The obvious things to note are his stellar defense (which Foster should get most of the credit for) and special teams play. But a big reason is his fantastic in-state recruiting. Not only has he been getting elite, hardworking athletes throughout Virginia like Teller, but has absolutely dominated the Virginia Beach-Hampton-Norfolk area, which produces an insane amount of athletes every year. Signing recruits like Teller is a big reason for the continued separation in talent between Virginia Tech and Virginia. Teller, the 16th prospect to give Virginia Tech a solid verbal, is an excellent fit for the Hokie defense, one that relies on getting to the quarterback and flying to the ball, things this elite prospect excels at.