Iowa Interests Fullwood

Darius Fullwood is a prime target for programs looking for an edge rusher to create havoc. The junior defensive end has plenty of suitors and is paying them visits this winter. One school he's yet to see but plans on checking out soon is Iowa. He talked with us about the Hawkeyes, his decision timeline and more.

Darius Fullwood works out almost every Saturday. The Class of 2015 defensive end trains with a pair of good friends who will team up in college. They'd like for him to join them.

Senior Washington DC-area defensive backs Omar Truitt and Miles Taylor signed letters of intent with Iowa last month. The Hawkeyes recently offered a scholarship to Fullwood, a junior at Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD).

"They come from the same background, the same area I'm in right now," Fullwood said. "They've definitely put in a good word for Iowa. I'm definitely thinking that it's somewhere where I need to go and see with two of my friends already going to be there. There must be something that they like about it."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Fullwood visited West Virginia this weekend after stopping at Kentucky the week before. Earlier this month, he dropped in at Miami. He planned to see North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest this coming week.

Fullwood is looking at an opportunity to get to Iowa.

"I've never been to Iowa so I'm definitely going to be visiting there," he said. "I'm not sure when, but I'm definitely going to visit there sometime in the near future."

Numerous programs have offered scholarships to Fullwood. He reports opportunities from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Penn State and Tennessee, to name a few.

"I think the recruiting process is going pretty well," Fullwood said. "I'm extremely blessed to have all of these coaches and schools wanting me to attend them. I'm just enjoying it right now."

Despite sitting in the driver's seat with so many schools pursuing him, Fullwood wants to wrap up his recruitment as soon as possible.

"As far as cutting down the schools and making my decision, that will probably happen around May," he said. "I'll probably cut the schools down around mid-April. Going into the summer, I'd like to be finished with the process. It depends on how the spring time goes. I might extend the time until I commit." views Fullwood as the No. 34 defensive end in the junior class. He's likely to rise up the rankings the next time they're released.

"(College coaches) definitely like my pass rush," Fullwood said. "They think I'm quick off the ball and have good speed. I think those are all things that I bring to the table.

"There's always stuff that I can work on. I'll never stop working to improve the things I need to improve."

Fullwood is utilizing his unofficial campus trips to figure out where he best fits.

"I'm looking for a school that will treat me like family," he said. "I'm also looking for a school that can develop me into the best player I can be. The last thing is a school that will be able to give me an opportunity to go get a good job with a great business program if I don't make it to the NFL."

Fullwood asks questions of the athletes he meets on the campuses.

"It's a big transition and they always have a lot to say," he said. "It's good to hear from student-athletes actually going through it."

Truitt and Taylor are sharing their thoughts on Iowa even though it'll be several months before they arrive on campus.

"They both said when you visit there, there's an ultimate connection with all of the coaches," Fullwood said. "They definitely feel like it can be their second home. They won't feel bad about going there and missing home.

"Both of them said they connected real well. They loved the environment. The campus, they said, is beautiful. They said the fans are as supportive as any of the other top programs around the nation."

Fullwood said a college's distance from his Maryland home would be discussed but not a deciding factor.

"I don't think it's going to be too much of a big deal for me," he said. "I'll talk with my parents. I really don't have a problem with moving far.

"It is something I will have to take into consideration about how my parents are going to be able to see me play. (Iowa is) in the Midwest so that's not too far. If it was the West Coast, I would have to think about that really hard. But that's not too far of a plane ride. That's not too bad."

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