Four Star LB Picks Up More Offers

Princeton Junction, N.J., product J.B. Fitzgerald recently picked up three more offers and expects more to be on their way shortly. This outstanding linebacker prospect plans to narrow things down to five or six schools shortly and make a decision shortly after taking official visits.

J.B. Fitzgerald was just a typical teenager having a typical day on Tuesday except for the tiny little entourage of collegiate coaches from all over the country that visited him at his school. Coaching staffs from Northwestern, Syracuse, Maryland, Florida, Michigan and Miami were at W.W.P.H.S.-South Campus to see the 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker prospect and that was before he had time to eat his lunch. Add to that that three new schools in Michigan State, Purdue and Florida that have offered scholarships to Fitzgerald and you begin to understand just how well things have been going for him as of late.

"Things have really been going well lately," Fitzgerald said. "Michigan State, Purdue and Florida offered me this week giving me 16 offers and I'm expecting more very soon from some other schools that have been in contact."

"Florida offered me yesterday and then Head Coach Urban Meyer was at the school today and stop in and meet with me," Fitzgerald added. "Obviously it's very exciting to get an offer from a program like Florida because they know how to get it done on the field as shown this season with a national championship. Coach Meyer seemed like an awesome guy and I got to see that national championship ring which was just full of diamonds."

"Miami is a school that hasn't official offered yet, but says that an offer should be on its way within the week," Fitzgerald stated. "My recruiting coordinator said that he and the defensive coaches had all viewed my film and approved me for scholarship, so they just needed to get the final OK from Coach (Randy) Shannon and it would be in the mail. Obviously the tradition with "The U" is a selling point and even though they had a rocky time of it this year you have to expect those types of things with coaching changes. Miami is a big offer to get and I'm thrilled about it."

Fitzgerald spent part of his spring break visiting Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke and Michigan and said he enjoyed something about every visit. He has no time frame for a decision, but would like to narrow it down to five or six schools sometime soon.

"Right now Michigan, Florida, Miami, Rutgers, Georgia Tech and Iowa are high on my list," Fitzgerald explained. "That doesn't mean the door is shut on anyone though. For example, Pittsburgh said they'd like to meet me in person before offering, so I'm going to contact them and see if that offer is still on the table because if it is I'd like to visit there before making a decision as well. I don't want to leave any doors unopened because you never know how you'll feel about a school until you are there in person. I plan to narrow it down to five or six schools very soon, take all five of my official visits as soon as I can and then have a decision after that."

As a junior, Fitzgerald made 93 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and forced three fumbles. He also caught 16 passes for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. He earned All-Conference, All-Area and third team All-South Jersey honors at linebacker.


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