Good Counsel DL Darius Fullwood opens up about college football recruiting process


Highly touted Good Counsel junior defensive lineman Darius Fullwood gets about 10-20 messages from college coaches per week (Kevin Connors/Courtesy of Good Counsel football).

Darius Fullwood gets it — people want to know where he’s going to attend college.

But with the highly touted Good Counsel defensive end more than two months away from the end of his junior year and even further away from making his college choice, Fullwood is stuck in the recruiting carousel, doing his due diligence by making unofficial visits while politely answering the same variation of questions from recruiting analysts day after day.

So rather than ask Fullwood about his latest college visit (which he, of course, appreciated) or rehash his long list of offers (he’s up to 18 from the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Virginia Tech), I decided to give both him and readers a break from the monotony and ask what people really wanted to know about the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder. Enjoy.

What’s the craziest or most memorable thing a coach has said to you?
There hasn’t been anything really crazy because most of them say the same thing. But I find a lot of coaches talk like I’ve already committed to the school. They say I’m going to come there, win a lot of conference championships and things like that.

Has your recruitment ever gotten so crazy that you considered changing your number?
Oh yeah most definitely. I’ve put my phone on “do not disturb” or just turned it off and then I’ll go on the iPad if I want to look up stuff.

If you had a dollar for every time someone asked where you were going to college in the last week, how much money would you have?
In the last week…probably about 100 dollars. (laughs)

What’s the one thing you wish coaches knew about you as a player that isn’t evident in film or at games?
Probably my versatility. I think I’m a lot more versatile as a player now than I was at this time last year. I can be strong off the line and I’ve got the ability to make people miss off the line, so I feel like I can do a lot of different things out there.

What’s the one thing you wish coaches knew about you as a person that they might not know?
Just that I’m chill and laid back. I like to have fun.

What was your favorite college program growing up as a kid?
I’d say Maryland. Go with the home school.

What’s the best college football game you’ve ever seen?
It’d be the Penn State-Michigan game last year. I saw that one in person and it was crazy and went to four overtimes.

What team do you usually play with in the NCAA Football video game?
Usually Florida or Oregon.

What’s your favorite NFL team and player?
My favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys, even though I’m from here. I have two favorite players and that’s DeMarcus Ware and Bruce Irvin from the Seattle Seahawks.

What’s the funniest piece of trash talk that you’ve heard on the field?
One time I heard some guy say he was going to take all my stars away. I thought that was pretty funny.

Who did you pick in your Final Four for this year’s NCAA Tournament?
I had Florida and Michigan State in the championship. I can’t even remember the other two. My bracket got all messed up early on, so I stopped paying close attention. (laughs)

NUMBER CRUNCH: 7
Seasons that Mike Benson coached the Briar Woods boys’ basketball team before resigning on Monday to spend more time with his daughter.

BREAKFAST LINKS
— In case you missed it, Theodore Roosevelt’s Johnnie Shuler and Montrose Christian’s Allonzo Trier were named Gatorade Player of the Year for D.C. and Maryland, respectively.

— Our spring Photo Recap series is back on the Recruiting Insider blog. Check out Israel Carunungan’s photos from Monday’s Long Reach-Atholton softball game here.

— Post colleague James Wagner put together a good read on Washington Nationals’ “social butterfly” Adam LaRoche.

— Another well-written Nationals piece is Adam Kilgore’s feature on Stephen Strasburg’s new approach on the mound in 2014.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
Briar Woods (1-0) at Loudoun County (1-0) girls’ soccer, 7:30 p.m.
Briar Woods, which graduated just two players from last year’s state runner-up, takes on a talented Raiders squad featuring returning second-team All-Met junior midfielder Emily Littell.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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