In the end, highly recruited defensive lineman Wyatt Teller plans to wear maroon-and-orange in the fall of 2013 as opposed to blue-and-orange.
Teller, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound product out of Liberty High in Bealeton, VA picked the Hokies over the Cavaliers, ending his recruiting process. It’s Virginia Tech‘s first verbal commitment from a defensive lineman and a big addition to Bud Foster‘s defense.
Last season, Teller had 85 tackles, including 27 for losses and 9 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions. He’s considered by some recruiting analysts to be among the nation’s top 15 defensive end prospects, while others consider him one of the top 35 defensive tackles.
When you look at Teller, he reminds you of a young and raw Chris Long who played at Virginia, he now plays for the St. Louis Rams. He’s tall, long and has a significant amount of muscle mass for a senior in high school. At that size, Teller will be able to bulk up even more when he gets to college.
In addition to Tech and Virginia, Teller also had offers from Oregon, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee, Rutgers, UConn, BC, Duke and Maryland.
With the history of Virginia Tech’s strong defense, Teller made a smart choice of where to play his college ball. The Hokies were very young upfront last season and are not hurting for DL’s by any means, but getting Teller will only bolster the anchor of that defense when he arrives on campus next fall in Blacksburg.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and Big Ten Conference.