Virginia Tech played host to multiple recruits this past weekend for the game against Georgia Tech, including '15 defensive end Darius Fullwood, who at the time was committed to the Kentucky Wildcats. Fullwood was on campus in Blacksburg on Saturday and Sunday, marking yet another visit to Virginia Tech for the three-star defensive end (having visited several times before).
Then on Tuesday, Fullwood made a slightly surprising announcement via Twitter. Fullwood had decided to decommit from Kentucky, calling it the "hardest choice" of his life. Only two days after his visit with the Hokies, one has to wonder the effect Virginia Tech had on Fullwood in this latest visit. Frank Beamer and his coaching staff have been recruiting Fullwood since his sophomore year in high school and clearly have made an impact in his recruitment.
I've officially decided to decommit from The University of Kentucky. This was the hardest choice in life but I got to do whats right for me.
— Dee Fullwood (@realdeewood) September 24, 2014
The 6'4, 240-pound defensive lineman has been clocked at 4.80 in the 40-yard dash and is ranked as the 18th best weak-side defensive end in the country, in addition to being ranked as the ninth best prospect at any position from the state of Maryland, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Another factor in Fullwood's recruitment has been how close to home Virginia Tech would be, being that his family is from Maryland. For now, the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have Kentucky remaining the favorite with 47 percent of the vote in favor of the Wildcats, who just barely edge out the Hokies at 45 percent. Ohio State remains a distant third with nine percent of the predictions. I would be willing to be that the predictions will begin to tip toward Virginia Tech, following Fullwood's decommitment.
As of today, Virginia Tech's class of 2015 sits with 16 total commitments and ranks 35th in the country, and ninth in the ACC. If Fullwood were to join the Hokies, he would be the fourth defensive lineman and third defensive end that Virginia Tech would have in the class. WDE Trevon Hill, SDE Harry Lewis, and DT Eric Whitehead all make up the defensive linemen who remain committed to the Hokies.
The latest commitment for Virginia Tech was '15 offensive tackle Mike Arnold.