COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- In his Terrapin red visor and neon blood-orange shoes, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) defensive end Darius Fullwood blended in so well at Maryland at 7-on-7 camp June 21 that he could have been mistaken for one of the Terps' freshmen football players, who all reported that day.
And with a broad smile across his face and drawing well-wishes from a cast of characters from Terps coaches and players, to PSU commit Adam McLean (Quince Orchard/Gaithersburg, Md.) and even Florida freshman Jalen Tabor, he certainly looked at home on the local turf.
And come June 28, when the three-star defensive end from Good Counsel makes his college announcement, Maryland fans will certainly hope it's his future home.
Fullwood seems to warming to the idea of staying home to play his college ball after Maryland offered this month at camp, while Virginia Tech and Kentucky perhaps remain the top competition, while Duke fills out the top four (one of his favorites, Ohio State, will likely not accept a commitment).
He said he still hasn't made up his mind, "but maybe like three days before then I will know," Fullwood said June 21 outside the Terps practice facility.
On that Terps visor he said with a big smile:
"I'm just out here, and I am trying to support my [Good Counsel] team plus I have a lot of good friends out here on this team as well. So I just came out to support them, and then I was talking with the [Maryland] coaches earlier, just catching up. So it was a really good day," Fullwood said.
Fulwood said his family chose June 28 as they have several summer travels planned, while it was the best date for extended family to come to town as well to attend the announcement at his father's Bowie home. His mother lives in College Park.
Maryland has upped the ante of late as his college decision approaches.
"They are pushing hard right now. I mean, I've got a week left. They are pushing hard for me to become a Terrapin, and I just got to see what happens," he said.
Fullwood said Maryland has a good plan for him on the field if he were to choose the Terps.
"I feel good. I definitely feel high on Maryland," Fullwood said. "It's a hometown school, and I have a great relationship with Coach [Chad] Wilt. I think he is one of the coaches that I really get along with. I feel that he can coach me up really well to be able to develop me to be the best player with the moves that I have, and he will be able to teach me new things as well.
"And the move to the Big Ten really helps. My family would be able to come to every game, and obviously there will be good competition and it will increase my chances of going to the next level. Playing teams like Ohio State, Penn State, good competition like that."
Fullwood said the Terps have him slotted at defensive end.
"When I came to camp they were trying to see if I was going to play the defensive end spot or will I play the 'Will' spot. And they said I am going to be a defensive end. The 'Will' is more of a....they go into coverage and things like that. But I am more strictly a defensive end, that is what I am good at," Fullwood said.
Fullwood said he will continue "to process all the other schools, and talk to more family and friends and move on from there" with his decision.
He said he talks regularly with incoming Terps freshman Jesse Aniebonam, who reported on June 21, as well as other former Good Counsel Terps and area players at UMD.
"Just like all of my other friends, they are not going to force me to come there. But they are going to let me know all the good things to look forward to if I come here. So he has been telling me a few things, like emphasizing playing at home, playing in front of all your friends and family," Fullwood said. "I have a lot of friends out here, a lot of other commits out here that are going to support me."
Fullwood went on to describe his other top suitors. He said he attended a Duke camp and was impressed with the academics and coach Dave Cutcliffe. He liked that the Blue Devils went to a bowl last year and are building up the program.
With Kentucky, he has a great relationship with the staff and his former teammate, Kobie Walker, is on the team.
Virginia Tech is appealing in that former Good Counsel star Kendall Fuller is down there, as well as his rapport with the Hokies' staff. Tech's defense and the fact the Hokies usually go to bowl games impressed Fullwood as well.
"It's going to be a tough decision. All the schools have good qualities, and they're all pretty even right now," he said.
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