Fullwood "surprised" by MSU offer

Maryland defensive end sees recruitment pick up in September; talks what he likes about Michigan State and schools he is hearing from.

Our Lady Good Counsel (Md.) defensive end Darius Fullwood already was drawing a lot of attention and scholarship offers prior to the month of September.

But when the communication between college coaches and recruits opened more on September 1, Fullwood started hearing from even more schools.

"So far, recruiting has been going really well," he said. "I've been hearing from a lot of schools after sophomore season was over and then when September 1 came around, there were a few more schools. I think it's going very well."

When Sunday rolled around, Fullwood heard from Rutgers, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, USC, Penn State, North Carolina State and Michigan State.

The Spartans recently pulled the trigger as defensive line coach Ron Burton called and offered Fullwood in late August.

"I had a game down in Florida and I talked to them while I was down there and they offered me," he said.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end said he was surprised by the offer.

"I didn't really hear from Michigan State during the season," Fullwood. "They came up to the school and I talked with them at the school for a little bit while they were up here, but I didn't really hear from them again. Then I heard I got the offer and I was very excited about that because Michigan State has been a great school as far as football and academics for the past few years. They've always been in the Top 25, I guess, since forever. They are playing really good football right now. I think that's a place where I could do some damage."

Fullwood hasn't been up to Michigan State before, but said the coaches want to have him visit. He has seen the Spartans play on TV before, though.

"I think they got one of the best defenses in the country," he said. "They are Top 10 in defense and I've seen people going to the league from Michigan State and just to hear all those names makes me think that with the right coaching – and they already have the right coaching – that I can probably make it to the league as well."

Fullwood holds offers from MSU, Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Penn State and Tennessee among others early. He said he doesn't really have any schools that standout above the rest yet.

"I want to get a chance to go to the different schools that are recruiting me because I have only been to two or three," he said. "So I just want to get a chance to go to different ones and get a feel for the campus, get a feel for the coaches and that kind of thing before I start breaking down the schools to get my top schools."

Fullwood said he has been to Penn State, NC State, Virginia as well as in-state Maryland.

When it comes to schools he hasn't heard from, Fullwood had a couple in mind.

"I would probably say the biggest rivalry in the NCAA: Ohio State and Michigan," he said.

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