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Step aside Archie Manning and Howie Long, there's a new football family on the block: The Fullers. Kendall Fuller may be the youngest of four brothers, but the junior cornerback has already lived up to his namesake at Virginia Tech.
All of Kendall's older brothers went on to successful NFL careers after playing for Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. S Vincent Fuller was a fourth-round draft pick who played for the Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots from 2005-2011. WR Corey Fuller was a sixth-round selection by the Detroit Lions in 2013. CB Kyle Fuller was the 14th overall pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft.
What are Nina and Vincent Fuller feeding their kids? Better yet, what does Virginia Tech's West End Market feed their athletes?
Kendall Fuller was a five-star recruit coming out of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Maryland, and he was the state's Gatorade player of the year. One of the most talented and sought-after defensive backs in the country, Fuller followed his brothers' footsteps and enrolled at Virginia Tech.
He immediately lived up to the Fuller lineage, earning freshman All-America honors and winning ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore in 2014, Kendall Fuller played through a broken wrist and still managed to make 54 tackles and led the ACC with 17 passes defended.
Just over a week after helping the Hokies beat Cincinnati in the Military Bowl in late December, Fuller had surgery on that wrist back home in Baltimore. Surgery and rehab both went swimmingly, and he is poised to make a strong return in 2015.
When it's all said and done, Kendall may go down as the best of the Fuller bunch. Opposing quarterbacks in 2015 are in for a rude awakening if they throw to his side. Kendall Fuller has tenacious ball skills and extremely quick feet. His size (6-0, 195 lbs.) and fluid hips make him the ideal fit to cover any receiver at the next level.
In this week's ACC Get to Know, we found out more about Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller, the latest member of DBU.