Buckeyes Lead For Fullwood

Olney (MD) Good Counsel defensive end Darius Fullwood names the Buckeyes his favorite entering the home stretch of his recruitment.

Olney (MD) Good Counsel defensive end Darius Fullwood just completed his second trip to Ohio State during his recruiting process. The Buckeyes have already offered the three-star junior and he visited Columbus last fall for a Big Ten conference game.

Ohio State offered Fullwood soon after Larry Johnson Sr. was hired as the new defensive line coach.

Fullwood enjoyed his extended stay on campus and got a very good taste of what it's like to be a football player for the Buckeyes.

"It was a great experience," he said. "I got down there early Friday morning and got a chance to sit in on position meetings. I watched practice afterwards. It was a real good time."

"It was a real intense practice," he added. "They had a scrimmage for the entire practice. It was great to have a chance to see them in game form. It was great to watch. The coaches were very intense."

Fullwood has had a close relationship with Larry Johnson Sr. going back to his time as a position coach for Penn State. They have maintained that bond through Johnson's transition to Columbus. He still has a great admiration for the way the Buckeye assistant teaches his players.

"I love the way Coach Johnson coaches," he admitted. "I sat in position meetings with him before practice. I watched him prepare with his players and see what his players had to say. It was great to know and hear from the other defensive linemen that they were already excited about him and had bought in to what he was teaching. They like him a lot."

"It's just great to see how he coaches," he continued. "I can see myself playing for him. I love the entire coaching staff at Ohio State. I feel like Coach Johnson can make me a much better player and that I'll learn something new everyday under him. It could be a mental point or something in terms of technique."

The rush defensive end shared what the Buckeye staff told him while on campus.

"The coaches said they were very excited to see me," Fullwood pointed out. "I visited in the fall but it was great for us all to see each other again. It was important for them to have me see how they practice."

The Maryland product praised Ohio State and had extremely positive thoughts regarding the Buckeyes once the visit was complete.

"Coach Johnson is very laid back," Fullwood noted. "He doesn't pressure me to make any decisions that I'm not ready to make. He definitely says a lot of positive things. I definitely really like Ohio State right now."

"This visit did a lot for their chances. It was a great experience. They're at the top of my list right now. They're my leader."

Fullwood has a plan for how he will progress forward with his recruitment, including a few other visits he expects to make.

"I'm supposed to be visiting Virginia Tech on April 5," he stated. "I'm going to check out Georgia Tech and Alabama on April 17 and 18. I might be visiting Michigan State during April too. Those will be my last few visits. I'll make a decision afterwards. My college choice should be coming in May."

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