Fitzgerald could become prime UofL target

Rick Pitino would like to add another big man to his already impressive 2009 recruiting haul. One player squarely on Louisville's radar is Andrew Fitzgerald, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound deluxe rebounder from Baltimore (MD) Owings Mills.'s No. 14 center prospect plans to visit Louisville next month and the Cardinals could become a major player in Fitzgerald's recruitment.

Rated the No. 101 prospect overall in the Class of 2009 – and the No. 14 overall center – Andrew Fitzgerald cemented his status as one of the nation's top frontcourt prospects with strong performances this spring and summer. It was that strong play in recent months that caught Louisville's attention and brought the Cardinals into his recruitment.

"Everything is good about Louisville," Fitzgerald told from the Nike Peach Jam. "They started to turn up the (recruiting) heat about a month ago. Richard Pitino called me and I talked with Coach Pitino two days later."

During that conversation, Pitino expressed his interest to Fitzgerald, a physical rebounder who averaged 20 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks as a junior, and invited him to visit the Louisville program.

"He just talked about their program and that he wanted me to come out there for a visit," said Fitzgerald. "They want me to come for a visit sometime in August. I'm planning to make an official visit there (possibly) next month."

Though Fitzgerald is receiving strong interest from Louisville he's still waiting on an offer from the Cardinals. "They said if I come out for a visit and see how things look that they would offer," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said that Pittsburgh, Baylor, Boston College, Texas A&M and Tennessee were also still in the mix for his services. Baylor, Texas A&M, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Maryland have offered the bruising 6-8 power forward. Besides Louisville, Fitzgerald said he plans to make official visits to Tennessee, Boston College, Baylor and Seton Hall.

"I don't have any favorites at this point," Fitzgerald said. "Everyone on my list is even right now. I'm looking for a program where I can get (early) playing time and (national) exposure. That's it really. I'm planning to take all my visits and make a decision this fall."

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