2011 Numerical Roster Countdown: No. 17 Kyle Fuller

by JustinC on August 17, 2011 · 16 comments

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Picture 115 2011 Numerical Roster Countdown: No. 17 Kyle FullerWith 17 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 17 on roster, Mr. Kyle Fuller. Playing as a true freshman is never easy at Virginia Tech. Most of the coaches prefer to redshirt kids if they’re not mentally or physically ready to contribute at this level. For Fuller, he was able to spurn that redshirt year by entering Tech at a good weight and being able to learn the nuances of the cornerback position quickly. With some experience last year, Fuller was able to defeat fellow cornerback Cris Hill for a starting spot this fall.

Stats

Height: 6’0”
Weight: 185 lbs
Position: Cornerback
Year: Sophomore
High School: Mount St. Joseph High School

How Did He Get Here

Fuller was just a 5.5 three star recruit on Rivals.com that held offers from Syracuse, Kansas, Duke, Maryland and of course, Virginia Tech. After a July visit to Tech, Fuller decided to accept the Hokies scholarship offer and commit on July 14th 2009.

2010 Season

Despite being listed as a backup, Fuller started six games last season in the Hokies new nickel package. He also racked up on the statsheet, finishing the season with 32 total tackles, four tackles for loss, six pass deflections, and one forced fumble. Those are impressive numbers for a true freshman.

2011 Prospectus

I have to thank Sean Bielawski for this stat but Tech has started a new player at field cornerback for the last four seasons. Each one of those new starters has picked off at least five passes in their first season starting. Jayron Hosley had nine in 2010, Rock Carmichael had six in 2009, both Stephan Virgil and Macho Harris had six in 2008 (not sure who played which), and Macho had five in 2007. Will Fuller follow this trend and pick off five or six passes this year? Tough to tell but recent history suggests he will.

Overall, I like Fuller and the skills he brings to the table. He’s a little more cerebral then out past corners who have been excellent athletes. He’s also improved his technique since the end of last season. All of those signs point to the Maryland native having a terrific 2011 campaign.

Career Highlight

His forced fumble against Miami last season.

Career Lowlight

Dropping a couple of INT’s last year. Don’t remember the game but I just remember Fuller breaking on a pass and having it hit his hands then fall to the turf. It was a tough catch but one I would expect him to make this season.

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rob August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

I know this is a fast forward towards next years recruitment, but I noticed that were recruiting E.J. Levenberry JR. for the 2013 class, but should that change since we have already recruited 5 LBs?

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justinc August 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

EJ is going to be a 5 star so why would be not recruit him? Also, we’re going after Fisher as well at Clover Hill. He’ll be a high 3, low 4 star as well. He’s a MIKE though.

Back to EJ, I really don’t think VT has a chance in this one. He seems pretty set on leaving the state.

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Ben Althouse August 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Who are the top recruits for 2013 going to be? you mentioned that EJ will be a 5 star, will there be any other likely 5 stars we have a shot with?

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justinc August 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hard to say who is going to get that elusive 5th star but I like where we stand with Michael Parker (VA), Isaac Rochell (GA), Kendell Fuller (MD), Marquez Grayson (NC), Taquan Mizzell (VA), Bucky Hodges (VA), Holland Fisher (VA), Keyante Green (GA), Tim Harris (VA), Stefon Colbert (MD), and Carlis Parker (NC). Those are mostly the guess we’ve offered verbally so far. The state of VA is going to be loaded next year but I have a feeling the 2013 class will be similar to the 2011 class. A lot more kids looking OOS than here in 2012.

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JAY August 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Do we have a good shot at landing Kieth Marshall ?

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justinc August 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

No, but I’ve seen weird things happen before. I just wouldn’t get my hopes up yet. He still seems to be heavily favoring other schools.

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Mark August 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

So what are your thoughts on Corey Fuller? Do you think he still has time to contribute in the next 2 years? I guess we will need the depth next year. How good is he? Can we redshirt him or has he technically used that already?

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justinc August 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I really like Fuller now that he’s been in our system for a year. He’s got good speed and he seems to have improved his route running since this time last year. He just needs some in game reps. Hopefully he gets that during the first four weeks of the season.

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Mark August 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

As for 2013 recruiting, do you think Shane’s time down south will help us with recruiting down there? What about the Miami fiasco? SOunds like we should be working the schools in SoFla big time.

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justinc August 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Also, I forgot to add that Fuller has already redshirted.

As for 2013, I do think Shane is going to help us in South Carolina and Georgia. We seem to be recruiting a number of kids from those states early on, which is a good sign. However, I think he’s going to help us more in the Richmond area. There are some pretty good prospects coming out of that area in the next few years so having him there is a huge boost for us. As for south Florida, I don’t really like over recruiting that area. Yes, its a talented area but I’m all for bringing in kids of high character and maturity. So, basically, if a kid shows interest and visits us and seems to have a level head on his shoulders, recruit him. But no need to blindly throw out offers down there just cause Miami is struggling. Just my opinion though.

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rob August 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

Where do we really stand with Keith Marshall and Mike Davis? I know Davis and Jarontay Jones are on the same team, but how much does it really play into for VT?

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Josh August 18, 2011 at 9:54 am

The school that Mike Davis and Jarontay play for has around 7 guys that are D1 prospects. They are going to a bunch of different schools, so unless they are best friends then that isn’t likely going to play into Mike’s decision. Also, Keith Marshall is a really long shot at this point. All indications are he wants to play with the “big boys” in the SEC.

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Andy August 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

One thing is he is friends with Justus Hoffman who is a freshman here. If he and Gurley decide to come as a package plus having a friend already here couldn’t hurt our chances any.

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Andy August 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

Sorry that was in response to Marshall.

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Mark R August 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

So Corey Fuller is on the punt return team? I assume Hosely is returning punts, is Corey just support or are they looking at him to return them as well? Does Corey have big time speed. He must be fast If he ran track, right ? But not Knowles fast?

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justinc August 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

As football speed goes, they’re all very close to one another. Knowles has the fastest 100m time of anybody on the team though. But to answer your question, Hosley will return punts but we need a few other guys to take some reps their during practice. With Hosley and Coale gone next year, we’re going to need somebody to step into that role.

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