Kentucky picked up two major commitments on Saturday, as four-star defensive end Darius Fullwood and three-star wide receiver Jabari Greenwood both pledged to the Wildcats.
Fullwood, who like Greenwood hails from the Washington D.C. area, had plenty of reasons to choose the Wildcats.
"I've had a great relationship with the coaching staff starting with my first visit there," said the 6-foot-3, 238-pounder from Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md. "I believe they're going to do big things with that program. They're coming into their second year and a good portion of the defense is coming back. They all pretty much come from Florida State and this is a defensive-minded program."
Fullwood's former teammate, 2014 Kentucky signee Kobie Walker, was Fullwood's lead recruiter.
"Kobie has been telling me a lot about them and I started liking Kentucky before my first visit because of all of the things he was saying about them," he said. "It is a great campus and they put a lot of money towards the football team. There are going to be new dorms and a new football stadium so I think it could be a good time to join in. They have a good 2015 class already with C.J. Conrad and Eli Brown. They already have a good start to this class.
"I think Kobie played a pretty big role," Fullwood said. "He's one of my good friends. I don't think he was really trying to pressure me but he was telling me just facts about the program, what they were doing down there and things he has seen. That definitely helped out a lot."
Fullwood didn't commit to Kentucky just because Walker said he likes it there. The Wildcat coaches played a very big role in Fullwood's decision.
"I talk to coach Mainord, coach Brumbaugh, coach Eliot and coach Stoops every time I got down there to visit," he said. I feel like I'm going to be able to build a great relationship with them. Coach Mainord has been one of my best recruiters throughout the process."
Fullwood named a top five of Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Duke last Sunday, and it wasn't easy for Fullwood to choose one.
"All of my final schools were really good schools," said Fullwood. "They all have really good academics and are great football teams but I just think that I felt like I had the best fit when I visited Kentucky. I felt like I was at home and I'm already friends with a lot of the 2014 commits. I'd say Maryland and Virginia Tech were tied for that second spot. It could have gone either way. It's a really hard decision."
Fullwood and Greenwood, who attends Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, both announced their commitment during a ceremony at Fullwood's house surrounded by friends and family. Being able to go to college with one of his good friends means a lot to Fullwood.
"It's a really good feeling that someone you grew up with will be a part of this next stage of your life," he said. "I think it will be a good experience for someone that I know to come with me. I already know Kobie down there but Jabari is in my class so he'll be there from start to finish. He's going to help me change the program. With both of us going to the same school we're going to try to recruit other players from our area to come to Kentucky."
Greenwood has his own reasons for committing to Kentucky.
"I've known for a while that was going to be the place for me," said the 6-foot-3, 188-pound Greenwood. "When I went down there for my visit, it felt like home and it fits me. It's a good opportunity for me to play early in the best conference in the country. They are impressive and I'm looking forward to going down there and doing what I have to do."
Like Fullwood, Kobie Walker was working hard on Greenwood.
"Kobie definite played a huge role for me," said Greenwood. "When I first got that offer from Kentucky, I didn't really think much about it, but he made sure that we went down and visited. When I showed up I loved it and now I'm committed."
Fullwood and Greenwood aren't the only players in Kentucky's 2015 class from the Washington D.C. area. Wildcat commit Levon Livingston is from Washington (D.C.) Ballou.
Adam Friedman is a Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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