Punter Hopes to Help Tide

P.J. Fitzgerald, from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will walk on at Alabama.

"I decided about 3 1/2 weeks ago," Fitzgerald said about walking on at Alabama. "Coach Ungerer called, and said he saw my tape. He said he really liked it, and wanted me to walk on at Alabama. He said he was trying to find someone to replace Bo Freelend, and I would have a great chance to come in and compete this fall."

Last weekend, Fitzgerald was in Tuscaloosa, and said, "I took my official visit this past weekend. My host was C.J. Rhody. He was real cool. I went in thinking Tuscaloosa was just some country town, but it wasn't. The town and the people were all really nice. I met Trent Davidson and Jamie Christensen."

Although Fitzgerald knew he wanted to go to Alabama, he did not inform the coaches of his final decision until after his visit.

"I told them the day after my official visit. I told them Monday."

When asked about the key aspects of his decision, Fitzgerald replied, "Once I got there, I saw the quality of their facilities, and the people. I knew I wanted to be a part of that. The people are real down to earth. The academics also played a major part. Alabama has some of the top professors in the nation. I am planning to major in Business."

Fitzgerald has his academics in order, and waiting to graduate. Moving to Tuscaloosa is set.

"I am going to take one summer class. I am coming sometime after July 4. I am fully qualified.

I scored a 1070 on my SAT, and I have a 3.9 GPA."

Fitzgerald could stay close to home and pay in-state tuition, but is looking to earn a scholarship from the Crimson Tide. "I did not receive any offers. I was planning to go to Central Florida. They offered me the same thing as Alabama."

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