In the past 12 recruiting classes for Virginia Tech, the class of 2013 included, there's been only one player who ranked higher overall than five-star cornerback
Fuller, who finished at No. 9 in the Rivals100, is second only to former quarterback
The class of 2013 was a good one for Virginia Tech to pull in defensive backs and it did, signing five of them, not counting "athletes" who will play in the Hokies' secondary. Aside from Fuller, four-star safety
It all begins with Fuller, who will continue a family legacy with the Hokies. The youngest of four brothers, Fuller's other three, Vincent, Corey and Kyle all made their way to Virginia Tech.
Vincent, who starred at free safety and cornerback for the Hokies from 2001-04, went on to play six seasons with the Tennessee Titans before brief stints with the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots in 2011. Corey, who just finished his brief college career at Virginia Tech as a wide receiver, is awaiting the NFL Draft, while soon-to-be senior
Fuller, an Army All-American, was ranked as high as No. 3 in the Rivals100 last summer and finished as the No. 2 cornerback in the country, just behind Florida signee
There's little question that Fuller is college-ready and has been. Rivals.com national analyst
"Kendall Fuller might not be the fastest cornerback in the country, but I will tell you this, he's the most instinctual," Farrell said in analyzing Fuller. "He's just a natural at his position. He gets on a guy's hip, doesn't fall for double moves, very fluid and smooth out there, plays with such confidence that he knows he's not gonna get beaten and his ball skills are outstanding. He just knows how to make plays."
VT'S HIGHEST RATED DEFENSIVE BACK SIGNEES
No. 9 in the Rivals100, No. 2 cornerback, No. 2 in Maryland
No. 83 in the Rivals100, No. 10 safety, No. 6 in Virginia
No. 139 in the Rivals250, No. 11 cornerback, No. 25 in Florida
No. 140 in the Rivals250, No. 11 cornerback, No. 27 in Florida
No. 175 in the Rivals250, No. 18 cornerback, No. 5 in Pennsylvania
No. 201 in the Rivals250, No. 15 cornerback, No. 6 in Virginia
Member of Rivals250, No. 17 cornerback, No. 6 in Virginia
Fuller also has a great chance to play immediately for the Hokies, but he got a boost earlier this year because of an unfortunate incident. Soon-to-be senior cornerback
Virginia Tech has been known to many as "DBU," producing a number of top defensive backs that has included
In a year where Fuller is the highest-rated defensive back to sign with the Hokies, it's equally amazing that they reeled in their second-highest rated player as well. Fisher, No. 83 in the Rivals100 was the first commit in the class of 2013 for Virginia Tech.
Fisher, a hard-hitting bull of a safety, was an Under Armour All-American and could also pay immediate dividends. At 6'1" 196 pounds, he's a very physically imposing safety.
"His strength is not backpedaling and press coverage, his strength is actually playing center field or playing that strong safety position where he comes down and he's moving forward and he closes on the football," Farrell said. "He's got very good instincts, he hones in on the ball very well and he's a strong closer. His ball skills are better than advertised, too."
Joining Fisher and Fuller as classified defensive backs in the Hokies' signing class are three-star
The best comparison to this class might be the 2011 class with Jarrett, ranked No. 175 in the Rivals250 and four-star
But as far as star-power, it's hard to argue any of the Hokies' previous classes since 2002 overtaking the current class.