BLACKSBURG, Va. — Brandon Facyson’s day started with a trip to the emergency room. It ended sitting in Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer’s office committing to play for the Hokies.
“This makes it all better,” Facyson, a 6-foot-2, 182-pound cornerback from Newnan, Ga., said minutes after committing to Tech at the team’s one-day prospect camp Saturday. “Pretty wild day. I’m glad to be a Hokie.”
Facyson said he had abscessed tonsils that will need to be removed. His father said he didn’t want to have the surgery done so far from home, so doctors treated his son with shots of antibiotics and steroids.
Facyson, who expects to have the surgery soon in Georgia, said he chose Tech over Georgia Tech. He also had offers from Mississippi, Mississippi State and Wake Forest, where he visited Friday.
Facyson, rated a three-star prospect by the recruiting service Rivals.com, was the second player to pledge to attend Virginia Tech as part of the school’s 2013 class Saturday. Earlier in the day, the Hokies picked up a verbal commitment from Ponte Vedra, Fla., tight end Kyle Chung, the son of former Tech lineman Eugene Chung.
The 6-4, 255-pound Chung, also a three-star recruit, could move to offensive line if he bulks up in college. His father went on to play in the NFL after his Tech career.
Tech hosted 217 high school athletes Saturday. The morning sessions included 40-yard dashes and shuttle runs. The afternoon focused on skill work as the players were broken into groups by position.
The Hokies also held a similar, smaller event in June.
Among those in attendance were current Tech four-star commitments Bucky Hodges, a quarterback from Virginia Beach’s Salem High School, and Manchester linebacker Holland Fisher, who is still being pursued by Alabama.
The Hokies’ top remaining target for the 2013 class also was in attendance, though not working out. Cornerback Kendall Fuller, a five-star prospect, showed up with the Tech logo shaved into the left side of his head and the Clemson logo cut into the right side.
Fuller, whose brothers Corey and Kyle play for Tech, said he can’t count how many times he’s been to the Hokies’ campus. He said he competed at the Tech camp as a freshman and sophomore, but the last two summers he’s made more casual visits to spend time with his brothers, the other players and coaches.
“Chilling,” the younger Fuller said. “Just being out here.”
Fuller said he will make his choice between Tech and Clemson no later than the Army All-American game in December.
Saturday, he got plenty of attention from Tech’s coaches and players.
Even other prospects were wondering where the blue chipper would be playing.
“I actually look up to Kendall,” cornerback Cequan Jefferson, a Tech commit from Henrico, Va., said. “He really knows what he’s doing. I just look at him to see what I can do to get better.”
Would Jefferson like to see Fuller join him as a Hokie?
“I would love it,” Jefferson said.
Read more about the Hokies at TimesDispatch.com