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Fullwood Preparing for Big Decision
For a moment, Darius Fullwood thought he had it all figured out… but now, the Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel defensive end said he still isn't quite sure which hat—Maryland, Kentucky, Duke, or Virginia Tech— he will hold up tomorrow at his commitment ceremony. Fullwood's recruitment has changed drastically during the past month, so it's easy to understand why he's having a hard time making up his mind. Since the beginning of June, the Falcons pass rusher visited six schools— Rutgers, Maryland, Duke, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State— and added three new offers from Maryland, Duke and Rutgers, so he hasn't had much time to let everything sink in yet. "It is definitely hard, I have a lot of people in my ear telling me different things," Fullwood said. "I have to take some time for myself and think about it and make a good decision from there." The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder tweeted out his final five schools, which included: Maryland, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Ohio State, and Duke, on Sunday night, however, he quickly ruled out his early favorite, the Buckeyes, later that night. With the sure-fire frontrunner out of the race, Fullwood's decision seems to be a bit harder to pin down. "I think it will just come down to what is the best fit for me," Fullwood said. "All the schools recruiting me are great academic institutions, and great programs, but at the end of the day I have to go to the school I feel will be the best fit for me." On Tuesday, Fullwood added a new twist to things by announcing that his close friend, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga 2015 wide receiver Jabari Greenwood, will also be making his college decision, during a joint commitment ceremony at Fullwood's home on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. "I knew I wanted to do it [commit] before the season started," Fullwood said. "I have family coming into town this weekend, and my parents will be out of town for most of July so this weekend just seemed like the perfect time. "We were sitting down and talking, me, Jabari [Greenwood], his father and my dad and we just were talking about recruiting and everything, and we just kind of brought it up," Fullwood said. "Jabari was just like ‘what if we just commit on the same day,' and I said why not. I think he is trying to get it over with too." Kentucky is the only overlapping school on the two friends' lists, leading many speculators to believe that the Wildcats are a lock to land the two highly touted prospects. Fullwood said the two have discussed going to school together, however, he made it clear that Greenwood joining the ceremony had nothing to do with them both committing to the same school. "We were talking about it [going to school together], but I talk about trying to play together with all my friends and family that are playing football," Fullwood said. "It is just a real good experience, having someone you grew up with, play with you on the field." With the speculation cleared up, Fullwood discussed his thoughts about each school in his final four: "Maryland is the hometown school. They are moving to the Big Ten, and that's big competition every week," said Fullwood, who picked up an offer from the Terps on June 8. "They are doing a lot of good things with the program, like moving to the Big Ten. That means a lot more fans at the games, packed seating, whether you're home or away. I really liked that a lot." It certainly didn't hurt, that the Big Ten Network and Comcast inked an agreement earlier this week that ensured the network will stretch its reach to two more major media markets, in Washington, D.C. and New York, as well as, New Jersey and Maryland. "That's great, they are doing a lot for the program," Fullwood said. "More exposure, TV time, moving to a bigger conference, those are all things that will help send the program in better direction." Duke is another program Fullwood believes is headed in the right direction, and he knows that graduating with a degree from Duke, would certainly help with his career after football. "Duke, it is all about the great education, and they have great network nationwide. There are a lot of people across the country who really respect a Duke degree," said Fullwood, who picked up an offer during his unofficial visit on June13. "I definitely liked how they did last year in the ACC, and they are still building. They put up a lot of points last year, but they are looking for defensive players because their defensive is still rebuilding, so I could be a key piece of that. Defense, however, is something Virginia Tech is known for, and the Hokies are looking to bring in some talented pass rushers in the 2015 class. "They [Virginia Tech] have a great staff. I have a great relationship with all the coaches there, and they didn't really recruit any defensive ends in 2014 so our class is a priority for defensive ends," Fullwood said. "A another difference is at Tech, I would be competing for a lot of bowl games and it's a defensive-minded school. All they preach down there is defense, and they develop their players really well." The final school on Fullwood's list is Kentucky. The Wildcats are still building their resume on the field, but second-year head coach Mark Stoops and his staff, which brought in a top 25 recruiting class in 2014, are proving themselves as talented recruiters. "Kentucky has a great coaching staff. I like what they are doing with their program a lot, They might not be as far ahead as Duke, but they have a great 2014 class, and they have great coaches on the coaching staff," Fullwood said. "They [Kentucky coaches] have done a lot for the previous programs they were at like, Arizona, Florida State, Texas Tech, and they have a lot of coaches from all around who know what they are talking about." He continued, "They have been doing really well recruiting last year and this year so I think that is also a good opportunity." Where will Fullwood end up? He still isn't sure, but he does know he has some thinking to do before tomorrow… Make sure to keep it locked on Scout.com to find out what school Fullwood picks tomorrow at 4:00 p.m!
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