Sandy Creek three-star defensive end Nick Fulwider is heading west to continue his football journey.

The senior signed with the University of Arkansas on Friday after deciding to de-commit from the University of North Carolina in early December. He became the eighth recruit in Arkansas’ 2017 recruiting class and the second Patriot to sign during the NCAA early signing period.

“It’s amazing and I really do love the fan base,” Fulwider said. “Everything is right where it needs to be.”

Fulwider admits that the main reason for the recruiting flip came down to educational opportunities. He aspires to be a mechanical engineer and felt North Carolina didn’t have his major available in their course listing.

So, he sat down with his family and made the choice to open his recruiting options again. The decision to choose Arkansas came down to the welcoming environment of the Razorbacks and their fan base.

“I really appreciate them supporting me through everything that has been going on and even sticking by me when I was still committed to North Carolina,” Fulwider said. “They were still praying for me and tweeting me good morning. I really did appreciate that.”

Fulwider is expected to be a key component of new Arkansas head coach Chad Morris’ defensive scheme next season. He has legit size and speed for a defensive end at the high school level.

This season, Fulwider had 33 tackles, one sack and four quarterback hurries with the Patriots. He was one of the leaders of the Patriots defense and a key communicator. Sandy Creek coaches rave about his potential at the next level.

“This is a big day for him and his family,” Sandy Creek head coach Brett Garvin said. “Nick is a great kid and has taken on the role as kind of being the man of their house and has handled it really well. He is a very mature individual and I think this is going to be a stepping stone for him.”

Garvin also said that Fulwider has all the tools to be successful. He thinks his aggressiveness off the line of scrimmage will be a strong indicator of his growth and development.

“A world of possibilities is going to open up for him when he gets there (to Arkansas),” Sandy Creek head coach Brett Garvin said. “His body is going to change and he is going to grow and get a lot bigger.”

Fulwider plans to enroll at Arkansas next summer after finishing out his last semester of high school. According to 247sports, Fulwider was ranked as the No. 30 strong side defensive end in the state of Georgia.

A video posted by SEC Country on Facebook was posted below on Fulwider’s announcement on Friday afternoon.

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Posted by Arkansas Razorbacks – SEC Country on Friday, December 22, 2017