Last season was the first for Austin Fuller as a starting wide receiver for Richlands High School’s varsity football program, and he certainly didn’t disappoint. The 6-2 1/2, 195-pound Fuller finished the year with 57 receptions and set a school record for yards in a single season with 1,092. He had 15 touchdown receptions.
Over the past week or so, coaches from Virginia Tech and Virginia had a chance to see Fuller on film. They were impressed and, yesterday, the talented prospect landed a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech.
“I came out of second period and my mom had tears in her eyes,” Fuller recalled from yesterday. “I asked her what was going on and then she told me that Virginia Tech had offered. It was just real exciting.”
Fuller spoke with Virginia Tech primary recruiter Billy Hite yesterday evening to confirm the news.
“Coach Hite told me that [yesterday] was a day they got to look at a lot of film,” Fuller said. “He said that, once Coach Beamer got to my film, he turned around to him and asked ‘why haven’t we offered him yet?’.
“Coach Hite said they liked my speed and just my vision on the field. I’m not the fastest on the track, but he said I’m fast enough on the field.”
Interest in Fuller has been increasing of late as his video has been sent out.
“Just this past week, U of R, Furman and UVa had been in contact,” said Richlands head coach Greg Mance, who is also Austin’s stepfather. “UVa said they loved him and wanted to see a legit 40 time at the Nike camp for his speed. They thought he was definitely a scholarship player if they could get his speed verified. So he has been getting a lot of interest recently.”
Though the Hokies aren’t the only school interested, they are the clear favorite right now.
“Tech’s pretty much my main choice,” said Fuller. “I might decide early. I might see how many offers I get. UVa said they would offer me once I get a track time. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to Tech. They have been my favorite for a long time.”
Landing his first scholarship offer continues what has been an excellent junior year for Fuller. Starting on offense (wide receiver) and defense (free safety), he helped Richlands...
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