July 8, 2011
Hokies join the race for 2013 end
With a significant chunk of the 2012 class filled, Virginia Tech is starting to focus their attention onto 2013. One of the latest offers to be extended went to a rising 6-foot-4, 244-pound defensive end that claims three other scholarships to date.
"From what Coach Buzzo said, I've got verbals from Boston College, Virginia, NC State and Virginia Tech, they were the last one," Bealeton (Va.) Liberty 2013 defensive end Wyatt Teller said. "I'm trying to take it in, they aren't in writing so it's just talk right now. I've got to stay healthy, that's the big thing.
"It's a dream come true and I've got to do my part. Other than that, it's the coolest thing ever."
To say the least, Teller was shocked by the offers.
"It really, really surprised me," he said. "I always thought I was a good football player. I never know I was ACC material. Coach Buzzo said I could be a good Division I if I work my butt off, but I thought Division I like James Madison or Old Dominion, then, Penn State and these other teams start coming in, it hit me like a sucker punch. It's definitely pretty cool."
So, does Teller know anything about the schools that have offered?
"My brother who's 26 always talks about college football and all that," he said. "My brother's friend went to NC State and a few went to Virginia and Virginia Tech. I never met anybody that's gone to Boston College, but I've got family from up there. I know the basics about most of the schools, but I've only been to Virginia so far."
According to Teller, no other visits are coming up.
In addition, the lineman maintains no favorites in the early going.
"It's too early to say," he said. "Definitley, I like all the colleges that have come and talked to me, come in and talked to Coach Buzzo. All four are very, very good schools, I can't choose a favorite; they are all amazing, all in the ACC and great. It would be impossible to pick one right now."
Virginia Tech is the latest to offer and Teller discussed them more.
"Virginia Tech is one of the best schools, they have the best program of the teams that have come up, the best standings in the nation," he said. "It would be great to be part of Virginia Tech, but I'll go where the best opportunity is. Virginia Tech has a great engineering program, if I'm getting into that, Virginia Tech would be the one."
Teller is coming off a humongous sophomore season that saw him earn honorable mention all-state after posting 87 tackles and 13.5 sacks all while coming into his own.
"Varsity was a new thing for me, I definitely had big shoes to fill, I did my best," he said. "I was really small during the season, I was at 205-pounds and now I put on 40-pounds in the offseason."
That growth has clearly caught the eyes of schools like Virginia Tech. But, what stands out about him as a player right now?
"Coach Buzzo likes to say it's my motor and I totally agree," he said. "At 205-pounds I was playing way bigger than my height or weight or strength. I wasn't extraordinarily strong, but I was beating people off the ball and that was the big thing, my motor.
"Since everything has changed, I want to improve on pushing over people."
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