Wyatt Teller, a defensive end from Bealeton, informed Hokies coaches Friday that he intends to sign with them in 2013, a major get for Virginia Tech in what was a head-to-head recruiting battle with state-rival Virginia.
“It was, did I feel at home at one or the other?” Teller said. “And when I went to Virginia Tech, I felt like I belonged there. I feel like I know the school already, and I’ve only been there four times.”
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Teller is ranked as a four-star recruit by both Rivals and 247 Sports. Rivals has him as the No. 75 player nationally and No. 7 strongside defensive end, while 247 Sports ranks him 144th overall and No. 9 at his position.
Teller was one of the state’s remaining top uncommitted prospects. He is ranked sixth in the state by Rivals, ninth by 247 Sports and 10th by the Roanoke Times.
Long considered a heavy Virginia lean, Teller made his decision after a strong push from Tech. Teller said he felt at home at Virginia Tech, where several of his cousins go. His older brother also grew up a Hokies fan.
“They’ve said nothing but good things about it,” he said. “The football games are awesome.”
The Hokies now have commitments from 11 in-state recruits, including four of the top-15, according to Rivals (Teller, No. 6; safety Holland Fisher, No. 7; quarterback Bucky Hodges, No. 12; and defensive back Cequan Jefferson, No. 15). The Cavaliers have one so far (defensive back Tim Harris at No. 11).
Teller had 85 tackles as a junior last season for Liberty High, with 27 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions. Bud Foster and Torrian Gray were his primary recruiters.
He is the Hokies’ 16th pledge for 2013. Commitments are non-binding until National Signing Day next February. Teller said his commitment is firm — “My word is my word,” he said — and that, after thinking about enrolling in the winter, he decided to wait until next summer.
Teller adds some size to the class. He’s the first defensive lineman of the group and one of only four players in the class listed as heavier than 250 pounds. He said he could play inside or outside on the line, depending on how much more he grows. He thrives thanks to effort, though.
“My motor is always going and it always helps me get tackles,” he said.
Here’s a highlight package of Teller:
And here is an updated commitment list for 2013:
- Kyle Chung, TE, 6-4, 255 Ponte Vedra, Fla. (Ponte Vedra)
- Charles Clark, DB, 5-11, 180, Suffolk (King’s Fork)
- Brandon Facyson, DB/WR, 6-2, 182 Newnan, Ga. (Northgate)
- Holland Fisher, DB, 6-2, 205, Midlothian (Manchester)
- Kendall Fuller, CB, 6-0, 175, Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
- Bucky Hodges, QB, 6-5, 225, Virginia Beach (Salem)
- Cequan Jefferson, ATH, 5-11, 167, Richmond (Henrico)
- Jamieon Moss, LB, 6-1, 210, Elizabeth City, N.C. (Northeastern)
- Andrew Motu’apuaka, LB, 6-0, 210, Virginia Beach (Salem)
- Deon Newsome, ATH, 5-11, 170, Hampton (Hampton)
- Parker Osterloh, OL, 6-7, 268, Williamsburg (Warhill)
- Carlis Parker, QB/ATH, 6-4, 187, Statesville, N.C. (Statesville)
- Braxton Pfaff, OL, 6-5, 290, Lynchburg (Liberty Christian)
- David Prince, ATH, 6-0, 175, Roanoke (Patrick Henry)
- Anthony Shegog, DB, 6-2, 195, Stafford (North Stafford)
- Wyatt Teller, DE, 6-5, 275, Bealeton (Liberty)