Wyatt Teller committed to Virginia Tech over the University of Virginia this afternoon. It was a highly contested recruiting battle. UVa was thought to be his leader for quite some time, but Tech made up ground over the past two weeks and received his pledge. Teller was rated the number six player in Virginia, a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com with 16 I-A offers including: Clemson, Michigan, Oregon, and Notre Dame. Teller has the ability to play defensive end, d-tackle, or offensive tackle at the next level. Tech recruited him as a defensive lineman (d-end).
Teller is a big, relentlessly aggressive, versatile player; another fantastic addition to an already outstanding 2013 class.
When I spoke to his high school coach, Sean Finnerty, back in May he weighed 265 pounds after playing last season at 240. That's a lot of growth, and a 6-5 frame will allow him to pack on more mass. "Not many people can scratch their kneecap without bending over," Finnerty told me.
Finnerty also said of his star, "His best thing, the one that sets him apart from most football players is his motor, he just has an engine that doesn't stop."
After watching his film, you'll quickly conclude that Wyatt is a dominant player on both sides of the ball. He's able to defend half a field by forcing opposing offenses to run away from his side. Teams counter his pass rush with three-step drops and quick throws (shorter routes). He's a terrific defensive player and prospect. I was also intrigued by the possibility of Teller playing o-line at the next level. I asked coach Finnerty for his opinion.
Me: I know everyone is kind of recruiting him as a defensive end, but when I saw him at tackle, I was like, "wow". How would you rate his footwork, does he have quick feet?
Finnerty (May 2012): Great footwork, very quick feet! I was his offensive line coach, and defensive end coach last year, so he's had me for three years. I think he can be a premier offensive tackle if that's what he ends up going to. I think there's a chance he could get moved from a d-end spot to an offensive tackle spot. If he's not able to slow down how much weight he gains, it might be the best thing that's ever happened to him.
A fantastic get indeed. Welcome to HokieNation Wyatt!