Virginia Tech Football Recruiting: Hokies' National Signing Day Wish List

Bryan Manning@bdmanning4Featured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2013

Virginia Tech Football Recruiting: Hokies' National Signing Day Wish List

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    With national signing day a mere two weeks away, the Virginia Tech Hokies have most of their recruiting class finished. The key for the Hokies in the Class of 2013 is getting each of their recruits signed.

    In recent years—especially in 2012 when they were awaiting decisions from three high-profile high school players—the Hokies had several offers out to players high on their wish list. Currently, the Hokies aren't expected to reel in any more players outside of those who have already verbally committed. 

    So, in creating this wish list, things will be a little different. The Hokies' four most important verbal commitments will be listed rather than those players who remain uncommitted.

    For example, unsigned running back Derrick Green, from the state of Virginia, once considered the Hokies to be in his top-5, eliminated them from contention in November. Therefore, there is no need in listing him on their wish list. 

    The following list is comprised of four players the Hokies need most in the Class of 2013 from their current list of verbal commitments.

Cornerback Kendall Fuller

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    Fuller (6'0", 180 pounds from Silver Spring, Maryland) one of the top-10 recruits in the entire country, committed to the Hokies in July. It remains a foregone conclusion that he will sign with the Hokies but until he is signed, there is always concern another school could convince him to go elsewhere. 

    Fuller's three older brothers all played for Virginia Tech. He is one of highest-ranked high school players to ever sign with the Hokies. He will likely see the field as a true freshman in 2013. 

Safety Holland Fisher

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    Fisher (6'1", 207 pounds) committed to the Hokies last February before a strong showing in summer camps raised his national profile. The Midlothian, Virginia native also had a good senior season and played well in a high school all-star game.

    In the fall, Alabama started to come after Fisher aggressively. He even took an official visit there in October long after his verbal pledge to the Hokies. Any time you are competing against Alabama in recruiting, it has to be a concern. However, Fisher has repeatedly insisted he will remain with the Hokies.

    There will be some tense moments in Blacksburg the next two weeks as the Hokies await Fisher's signature. 

Defensive End Wyatt Teller

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    The Hokies received some good news just before the season when Teller, an outstanding 6'5" 257-pound defensive end prospect, chose the Hokies over Virginia. Teller—a Bealeton, Virginia native—is a big, strong and athletic player who has the ability to step on the field immediately in 2013. He will likely come to Virginia Tech as one of the strongest players to enter the program in several years.  

    Technique has been an issue with Teller as he used brute strength to defeat high school offensive linemen. He could be the next great Hokies' pass-rusher and there is no doubt that defensive coordinator Bud Foster eagerly awaits Teller's arrival on campus this summer. 

    Because Virginia led in Teller's recruiting for so long, you have to wonder if he has any doubts about his choice until he is signed in two weeks.  

Running Back Drew Harris

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    Harris (6'1", 215 pounds) is originally a 2012 recruit who didn't qualify last year and prepped this past fall at Fork Union. A 4-star recruit out of high school from Exton, Pa., Harris would have likely played in 2012 had he been eligible. 

    A bruising runner with good vision, Harris has deceptive speed. He has the potential to be an outstanding running back if the Hokies can get him on campus.

    Harris tried to enroll in January but an issue with the NCAA Clearinghouse precluded that. Harris was told recently he could enroll in May. Although disappointed, Harris reaffirmed his commitment to the Hokies just this week (via

    Until he is signed, this situation bears watching. Harris wants to be in Blacksburg badly and the Hokies hope that's enough to get him signed.