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Analysis/prediction: Kendall Fuller's future

7/28/2012

Kendall Fuller's decision to announce his college destination on Sunday is a bit surprising. The four-star prospect from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel seemed in no hurry to end the recruiting process even though he had recently whittled his schools down to three finalists: Clemson, Michigan and Virginia Tech.

I've long thought Michigan was in the trail position and perhaps not even in the running. Now, I'm told by a person close to Fuller's recruitment that Virginia Tech has been very aggressive recruiting the 20th overall prospect in the nation late last week. That and the timing of his announcement would certainly seem to put the Hokies as the favorite.

Of course, Fuller's brother plays at Virginia Tech and he's said that will be a factor. Moreover, Fuller seems to fit the mold of the no-nonsense type of prospect that Tech loves to recruit and has had good success with.

The same, however, could be said for Clemson, which I'm told is in a close second-place position for Fuller. Clemson has made Fuller a top priority in recruiting.

The Tigers also also have a connection to the nation's fifth best cornerback and second-best prospect in Maryland. Teammate Dorian O'Daniel is committed to the Tigers. The two are good friends and O'Daniel, a linebacker, has been aggressively recruiting Fuller. Fuller also said he was impressed with the Tigers' 2013 class, particularly the addition of top-rated defensive end commitment Robert Nkemdiche.

Yet in the end, I predict this will be a close win by Virginia Tech. Neither school, however, would be a surprise