Four-star defensive end Darius Fullwood announced Tuesday night that he is no longer committed to Kentucky.
Fullwood was one of three four-star players — according to Rivals.com — in UK's recruiting class of 2015, which is now down to 14 members. Rivals ranks the 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect as the No. 17 strongside defensive end in the senior class.
"This was the hardest choice in life but I got to do what's right for me," Fullwood said of decision. "I want to thank the whole entire UK staff for giving me all the support that they have given throughout my recruitment."
Fullwood visited Virginia Tech for Saturday's 27-24 loss to Georgia Tech, and he acknowledged after the game that he was thinking about reopening his recruitment. Virginia Tech and Maryland are now the most likely landing spots for Fullwood.
It is unlikely that he will re-commit to the Wildcats.
Fullwood originally committed to UK in late June, announcing his intentions during a joint ceremony with Jabari Greenwood, a highly touted Washington, D.C., wide receiver who also picked Kentucky that day.
UK has had success recruiting the D.C. area since the arrival of Mark Stoops and his coaching staff. Linebacker Kobie Walker — a high school teammate of Fullwood at Good Counsel in Olney, Md. — was part of the 2014 class and is now a freshman for the Wildcats. The 2015 class still includes Greenwood and offensive lineman Levon Livingston, another D.C. native.
Fullwood's decommitment leaves Kentucky with one defensive end pledge for the class of 2015: Jason Strowbridge, who committed to the Cats on Saturday.