Good Counsel High School in Olney continues to crank out major college football prospects in droves, and perhaps none of the Falcons' 2012 crop will be recruited as heavily as cornerback Kendall Fuller.
Fuller, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior, is ranked the No. 3 cornerback and No. 20 overall prospect in the Class of 2012, and is the top player on the board in a talent-laden group in the state of Maryland. So naturally, he’s been buried in major college scholarship offers – so many that he’s given up keeping count.
Along with home-state Maryland, recruiting powers like Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Notre Dame are just a few of the 20-plus schools to have offered Fuller. Fuller, who plans to announce his decision after his senior season at the Army All-American game, has been checking out his options lately, including a recent trip to Tennessee and another to Michigan this weekend.
What is it about Fuller -- who earned first-team Washington Post All-Met honors after recording three interceptions and more than 500 receiving yards -- that has recruiters flocking?
“I would say it’s just my playmaking ability. We had a pretty big season, so I think a lot of people were watching,” he said.
While his recruitment will be an uphill battle for Maryland given its national flavor, the Terps staff continues to work on Fuller.
“I’m definitely keeping in touch with them. There are a lot of people from our school going there next year, so I’m definitely keeping them in the mix,” he said.
Fuller, who lives in Baltimore, said he’s not sure which coach at Maryland is his primary recruiter because he’s being recruited by most of the staff.
“I talk with all of the coaches. With coach [Randy] Edsall coming in, I get a pretty good vibe from them,” Fuller said.
What’s Maryland’s recruiting pitch to Fuller?
“Just stay at home, be with your family and your [Good Counsel] teammates, get on the field early and just become part of building a legacy,” he said.
Three of Fuller’s Good Counsel teammates -- receiver Stefon Diggs, running back Wes Brown and offensive lineman Mike Madaras -- will be freshmen at Maryland next year. But Good Counsel alums dot rosters throughout the country, so Fuller said that won’t be a primary factor in his decision.
“Not really. I’ve got to choose a school based on what’s best for me and not based on Stefon,” he said.
Meantime, many have speculated that Virginia Tech is the school to beat because he’s had three older brothers play for the Hokies. He said he doesn’t have a favorite, but admitted that Virginia Tech does appeal to him.
“They definitely are one of the schools I’m looking at. I definitely have a good relationship with the coaches,” he said. “But right now I’m just taking it all and focusing on finding the right fit for me.”