"He's a very intense individual," Laney head coach Greg Ditz said. "He has a natural instinct to the football. He's always in on the tackle. He's always disrupting everything. He has that ‘motor,' as they say – he never stops moving. He's a great leader on top of all those other things."
Halfway through his freshman year, Culler earned a starting spot in Laney's 4-3 defense at middle linebacker.
"I've never seen a freshman start and be able to contribute like he did," Ditz said. "He had the body for it, but he also had that mental edge. You would still see him in the fourth quarter drooling to make tackles. The intensity was unmatched by any kid that I've ever seen."
Following his first full season as a starter – his sophomore season – Culler was named to the All-Mideastern Conference First Team.
"We try to put him where he can make every tackle possible," Ditz said. "The best position to accomplish that is middle linebacker."
The accolades continued to pour in for Culler during his junior year. It began before the football season even started, with Culler being named a team captain by his teammates. After the season – in addition to landing on the all-conference team for the second consecutive season – he was named the Mideastern Conference's Defensive player of the year. He ended that season with 120 tackles.
According to Culler, East Carolina and North Carolina have offered him a scholarship.
"Every school in North Carolina has inquired," Ditz said. "But I think in the spring he'll get a little more action as far as official offers."
Position wise, East Carolina is recruiting Culler as an inside linebacker. UNC, on the other hand, hasn't determined where he fits within its 4-2-5 defense.
"[UNC said] I could put on weight and play defensive end," Culler said. "I could play blitz linebacker or tight end or middle linebacker. It just all depends on how I grow."
Ditz agrees with UNC's position assessment.
"It just depends on what his body does," Ditz said. "His dad is a big guy, also. So he could balloon into a D-lineman and be a stud D-lineman. But if he holds onto his speed, he could play linebacker in college and just be a freak of nature at that position."
Culler has taken unofficial visits to Clemson, UNC, and NC State, and camped at East Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest. His UNC visit occurred in January when he attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day.
"They're still getting adjusted because they have new coaches," Culler said. "But I was impressed with the coaches and the way that they talked and how excited they were about football and the season. The facilities and the academic part of the school were just awesome. And I liked the atmosphere of the campus."
That junior day contributed to UNC emerging as Culler's leader.
"Carolina is sticking out, because they were the first ones to offer and that really impressed me," Culler said. "And then when I went to the school and met everybody it was really impressive."
Culler is quick to point out that he's not in a rush to make a verbal commitment.
Culler's father played football at Clemson in the 1970s. He says that connect won't factor into his recruitment. "I've been to games there and it was really impressive, but it's too far from home," Culler said. "My parents went me to stay in-state."… Culler says he didn't grow up a fan of any college in particular, but is a fan of the ACC.