Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel defensive end Darius Fullwood already made several trips to Penn State, but Saturday's visit marked his first under the new staff.
"Everything was great overall," Fullwood said. "I think that is one of my favorite staffs. They have a lot of energy and they are a young staff, so they can relate to the players a lot more."
While Fullwood toured campus, the town, and the facilities on Saturday, this visit was really about connecting with the coaches. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder spent the majority of his visit talking with head coach James Franklin, his recruiter Charles Huff, and defensive line coach Sean Spencer.
"Even though we just met for the first time this weekend, it felt like I already met them before. It just seemed like I had a great connection with them," Fullwood said. "They let me know that they still think really highly of me, just like the last staff, and that I am still on the top of their board."
The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder watched the Nittany Lions spring practice along side defensive line coach Sean Spencer, as well as Gaithersburg (Md.) 2015 defensive end and PSU commit Kamonte Carter.
"Kamonte [Carter] is my good friend, we were talking almost the whole time during the spring practice about football and school. He was just letting me know all the positives he saw in Penn State," Fullwood said. "We were both getting recruited by the old staff, and he was just telling me how great the new staff has been."
Fullwood added jokingly: "Kamonte [Carter] will probably be the hardest person recruiting me [to Penn State. He'll recruit me harder than the coaches."
After practice, Fullwood spent some more time talking with defensive line coach Sean Spencer.
"I talked with coach [Sean] Spencer a lot throughout the day. He is excited, he thinks I could come in with Kamonte Carter and we could play on both sides of the ends, and both have the chance to come in and start as true freshman," Fullwood said. "Of course you have to work and earn that, but it was good to hear I would have the opportunity to do that."
Fullwood said one thing that stood out to him throughout the day was head coach James Franklin's energy.
"Coach Franklin is a really funny dude he was telling jokes and playing around with the coaches and players during the whole practice, and the whole day," Fullwood said. "He is just real energetic and lively guy and just somebody I would like to play for. "
He added: "I saw the things he did with Vanderbilt for the past two years, and I think he can bring Penn State up as well."
The Good Counsel edge rusher also continued to develop his relationship with his new recruiter Charles Huff.
"He has been the person I've mainly been talking to for the past few weeks, he was just really excited to finally meet me and get me up there," Fullwood said. "He has been telling me things about the program, and just letting me know they are thinking about me, and they really want me to come there."
Fullwood holds well over double-digit offers from a number of big time programs, including the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida State, among others, but Penn State remains is a good position for the highly touted prospect.
"I would definitely put them high on my list," Fullwood said. "That is based on the fact that I had a great time there and I could just see myself at the school, so that definitely helps out."
Next up, three-star prospect will visit Ohio State (March 29) where he will reconnect with former Penn State recruiter Larry Johnson, who is now the Buckeyes' defensive line coach.
"I have been talking to coach [Larry] Johnson for a while, he recruited me at Penn State, and now that he is at Ohio State it makes a big difference," Fullwood said. "We have been talking for the past couple weeks. Since he is on the staff there now I wanted to get back out there and see how Ohio State is with some of the other new coaches on staff and stuff.
Fullwood said he also plans to attend Virginia Tech's junior day on April 5, as well as spring games at both Georgia Tech and Alabama.
With more visits on tap, Fullwood isn't ready to make a decision at this point, but he is preparing to narrow down his extensive offer list in the near future.
He said: "I am probably going to cut down my list, and narrow things down around April 12."
Fullwood Gives PSU Visit High Marks
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