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December 7, 2012

Fuller mindful of tradition

MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Tradition seems to be a huge part of Kendall Fuller's life. The defensive back and his linebacker teammate Dorian O'Daniel felt responsible to carry on the recent trend of U.S. Army All-Americans from Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel.

"It's a great honor to be named a U.S. Army All-American," said the 5-foot-11, 189-pound Fuller. "To be able to play some of the best competition in the country and to represent the U.S. Army is truly a blessing.

"We take the tradition very seriously. Blake Countessstarted it, getting selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, then Stefon Diggs went," he said. "Dorian and I took it upon ourselves to keep the tradition going with the U.S Army All-American Bowl and the championships. All of that motivated us to work harder."

Fuller and O'Daniel helped Our Lady of Good Counsel to a fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title this season. Fuller acknowledges that the tradition of U.S. Army All-Americans and championships is a driving force at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

"I think the main thing is that seeing Blake, Stefon and others succeed and knowing that 'Wow, in a few years, that could be me.' When you go to a school like Good Counsel there are freshmen and sophomores that look up to us and know that if they work hard they could have success like we have," said Fuller. "I think that's where the tradition comes in, seeing what the guys before you did and knowing what you have to do to get to their level."

For many of the players at Our Lady of Good Counsel that is where the theme of tradition ends. For Fuller, keeping up the tradition of great football players goes beyond high school. With Fuller's commitment to Virginia Tech, all of the Fuller brothers are Hokies. Vincent, the oldest of the four, went to Virginia Tech and has been playing in the NFL. The second oldest, Corey, is a senior wide receiver for the Hokies. Kyle Fuller, the second youngest, is a junior cornerback in Blacksburg.

"It's definitely special. I'm looking forward to playing with Kyle," said the youngest Fuller. "Overall, the decision that I made was because it was best for me and where I could really develop as a person and a player. That's the school we all chose and I think it says a lot about Virginia Tech and the coaching staff and I just cant wait to get down there."

As for what lies ahead, the youngest Fuller is staying focused on what is waiting for him in San Antonio.

"I'm definitely looking forward to the competition," he said. "I've seen a lot of the guys during the summer at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and The Opening. We are all competitors and were all there to compete against each other and get better."



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