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4-star defensive back prospect Chris Culliver, who boasts scholarship offers from schools including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech, among others, recently de-committed from N.C. State and has opened up his recruitment.
“A lot of other schools started getting interested in me,” Culliver said of his decision to de-commit. “I was telling State that I didn’t really want to de-commit or whatever, but I was telling them that I wanted to look at some other schools.”
The 6-0, 190-pound Culliver plays for Garner High School (N.C.), which is where Virginia Tech running back commitment Josh Oglesby attends as well. Oglesby seems to have been working on his teammate.
“I told [Josh] I’d be more than happy to look at the school because he told me some interesting things I didn’t know,” Culliver said. “He told me how many years they had been to a bowl game. I know of the defensive backs that have come out of Virginia Tech and everything.”
Culliver has never visited Virginia Tech, but says “I talk to coach O’Cain a lot. He just wants to get me up there so I can see everything and meet the coaches and stuff.”
Even though he recently de-committed from N.C. State, Culliver admits he has not had recruiting at the forefront of his mind recently.
“I haven’t really been thinking about recruiting too much. I’ve just been focusing on my senior season and our team,” Culliver said. His team went undefeated in the regular season last year, but fell in the second round of the playoffs.
“I’ll probably start narrowing it down around the third game of my season. I want to have a decision by November.”
Culliver does not have any unofficial visits lined up before the start of his senior season. He does want to make some official visits and was asked if there were any programs he knows he wants to visit this fall.
“I know I want to take one to Florida,” Culliver said. “There’s Florida, there’s Clemson. I hope to take one to Virginia Tech and maybe Florida State.”
As a junior last season, the Garner standout racked up over 120 tackles including seven sacks. He added three interceptions. He saw time at three different positions on defense including weakside linebacker, safety and cornerback.
“What I really do well is I know I can lock down a wide receiver,” Culliver said. “I know I can hit. I have speed. I think it’s a pretty good combination.”
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