Shurburtt said getting a pledge from Kendall Fuller is important to Virginia Tech when it comes to perception. With two brothers already at the school and another that also played there, fans expected Fuller to land at Virginia Tech. And if he didn't, it would have made some question what was wrong with the program that caused the rising senior to go elsewhere.
For the Hokies' coaching staff, it's more of a relief to receive the commitment than a cause for celebration.
"Anytime you have a highly regarded prospect with a family connection, the stakes are even higher to sign the kid from a perception standpoint," Shurburtt said. "It matters and feeds into your ability to recruit. Perception is very important, because if you lose a five-star player with two brothers on the roster, I think people look at that and say, 'What's the issue there?'"