Fuller Fulfills Dream

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Having his dream come true materialized pretty fast for Richlands (VA) wide receiver/athlete prospect Austin Fuller . Less than a day after being notified by Virginia Tech’s Billy Hite that the Hokies were offering a scholarship, Fuller, a lifelong Virginia Tech fan, verbally committed to his favorite school.

“I had a bunch of people telling me to wait, which is why I didn’t commit right away,” Fuller said. “I’ve always wanted to go to Tech, so I just went ahead and did it. I figured there was nowhere else I’d want to be.”

Fuller made the call this morning.

“I called Coach Hite, but originally he wasn’t available,” Fuller said. “When I called back, I talked to him and he put me on the phone with Coach Beamer. We talked a little while and then I talked to Coach Hite again. Both of them said they can’t wait to see me there. Coach Beamer told me that it isn’t too often that they offer a junior from my area.”

So how does it feel to have made his decision?

“It feels great,” Fuller answered quickly. “I know I need to work hard to get better, but I’m real happy. I’m glad I don’t have to go crazy sending tapes out and going to Nike combines to prove I’m a player.”

Committing to Virginia Tech truly is a dream come true for Fuller.

“It has been a dream of mine to play at Virginia Tech since little league football,” Fuller said. “Last year, I went to all the home games except for the Thursday night game.”

Fuller grew up in a Virginia Tech household, as his step-father Greg (who is also the Richlands football coach) and his mother Ann both attended Virginia Tech.

“We’re all very excited,” Coach Mance said yesterday after Coach Hite called to extend the offer.

The 6-2 1/2, 195-pound Fuller is being recruited by Virginia Tech initially as a wide receiver, but there is a possibility he ends up on defense. At receiver this past season, he set a school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,092 and scored 19 total touchdowns in helping Richlands capture a Group AA Division 3 state championship.

Fuller is the third prospect to commit to Virginia Tech for the 2008 class.