Tigers Looking Good with SC RB

This running back out of the Sumter area is having an outstanding senior season and could be in position to land a scholarship offer from Clemson in the very near future. CUTigers.com has all the details in this recruiting update.

RB Jae Fitzgerald Profile

Jae Fitzgerald, a 5-11, 185 pound speedster out of Sumter's Crestwood High is putting up huge numbers during this year.

"It is going pretty good so far," Fitzgerald told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "We are 5-3 but we could easily be 8-0. I have 1502 yards rushing. That is second best in the state. The past three games I have had 317 yard, 210 yard and 193 yards. I have 17 touchdowns on the year."

With those stats, it comes as no surprise that interest from Division I-A schools is picking up considerably.

"Right now I am hearing from Clemson very, very often right now," he said. "I am also hearing from Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina and a few others.

"I am hearing from coach Swinney and coach Burns at Clemson. They are telling me if I keep my head up I will get a scholarship. They tell me they are real close. They just want to see me follow through and finish strong. They also hope to see me at the Shrine Bowl."

The talented running back is planning to finish the season strong.

"I have two games left for the regular season. I am trying to get 2000 yards. We run the wing T offense. I think I have a good chance," he said.

Fitzgerald has been a regular at Clemson home games this year, and he has every intention of being there again this weekend when the Tigers take on Georgia Tech.

"I will be going back to Clemson this weekend," he said. "I have also been to Clemson for the Florida Atlantic and Louisiana Tech games. I also went to South Carolina for their games against Auburn, Wofford and Florida Atlantic."

And what about any favorites in the recruiting process? Fitzgerald says if Clemson offers him a scholarship, there's a good chance he'll end up a Tiger.

"I am pretty sure I would go there," Fitzgerald added. "I want to go where I feel I am wanted. Clemson is the biggest one right now. I feel confident they will offer."

Crestwood assistant coach Brian Jackson says that Fitzgerald is also a hard worker in the weight room.

"He scored a 93 or so at the Clemson/Nike Combine and had camp best 40-inch vertical jump," said Jackson. "He also squats 500, benches 300 and power cleans 265. He has been timed at numerous camps and combines consistently in the 4.4 area."

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