Virginia DL Planning Visit

Liberty High (Bealeton, Va.) defensive end Wyatt Teller was set to visit Notre Dame recently, but he had to postpone the trip. However, it doesn't mean his interest in the Irish has faded.

Notre Dame was planning to host Liberty High (Bealeton, Va.) defensive end Wyatt Teller recently, but it fell through at the last minute.

Still, it doesn't signal Teller losing interest in the Irish.

"We were not able to do that because some financial things fell through," Liberty coach Sean Finnerty said. "We weren't able to get that done, so we haven't seen as many schools as we would have liked. We're hoping to make a trip to Michigan and Notre Dame (shortly)."

Teller is being recruited for a number of positions. South Carolina offered the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Teller as an offensive tackle, several other schools like him as a defensive end, and he would fit into Notre Dame's 3-4 scheme as a defensive tackle.

"Schools think with that frame he has, he can put on a lot more weight," Finnerty said. "He doesn't have much size on him. They think if they can put 20 or 30 more pounds on him, then he can be a 3-technique and play defensive tackle."

Teller is bench presses 360 pounds, as a power clean of 350 and squats 450 pounds. His strength is already impressive, but his effort is eye-catching to recruiters.

"The thing schools like most about him is his motor," Finnerty said. "On film, he doesn't stop. He's still blocking a guy 20 yards down field before he puts then on the ground. He'll be on a different side of the field and go hash to hash to catch somebody and tackle him. His motor doesn't stop.

"He pays attention to detail. Fundamentally, he's very good. Strength-wise, he's constantly improving."

Because of proximity, Teller visited Virginia and Virginia Tech this spring. He is traveled to Duke and Penn State in the fall and has also been to Ohio State.

"I think the most important thing to him is where he fits in at, how comfortable he feels at the school, and the academics," Finnerty said. "If it's a little bit of a drive …that is actually on the lower part of the list for him. If he feels comfortable there, he'll make a drive."

As for his future position, it could play a role in his recruitment.

"I think he is a premier offensive tackle," Finnerty said. "Only a few schools – like South Carolina – has offered him for offense. The rest of the schools like him on defense, and that is separated with defensive end and defensive tackle."


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