Will Fitzgerald Stick with the Blue?

Princeton Junction, NJ LB J.B. Fitzgerald made it clear a few weeks back that he would be taking a few visits to other schools in the coming weeks. Now that those trips are under way, he discusses the odds of sticking with his commitment to the Wolverines, what the most significant factor in his final choice will be, and more.

When we last spoke to Princeton Junction, NJ LB J.B. Fitzgerald J.B. Fitzgerald he was in the process of lining up visits to three schools that have shown interest in him in the aftermath of the coaching change in Ann Arbor. As he revealed in that interview, he planned to start things off with a visit to Michigan State this weekend and end a three week tour with a trip to Rutgers on January 25th. He had hoped to sandwich a trip to Boston College in between, but a conflict with alternative plans next weekend have seemingly ended the Eagles’ contention.

“I really wanted to visit Boston College, but it didn’t really work out,” Fitzgerald said. “They wanted me next weekend. I was trying to reschedule the BC visit for this week but their guys aren’t back. I’ll be going to Michigan State this weekend instead.”

While deciding what he’d proceed in his recruitment, Fitzgerald has made it a point to trade notes with many of the other Michigan commitments. In recent days he has chatted with fellow Garden State stars Marcus Witherspoon and Brandon Smith.

“I talked to Marcus a couple of weekends ago,” Fitzgerald recalled. “He gave me a call and he was asking how I was feeling about the whole thing. I told him that I was just going to play it by ear definitely not count Michigan out by any means… that I was definitely give them a shot and see how things go, but also explore my options… that I was going to go out and get a feel for other schools.”

“Brandon and I were both at this awards banquet the other night on Monday up in the city and I got a chance to talk to him really quick,” he continued. “He said he had a great time down at the All American game and that he is really happy to be a Wolverine.”

The joy about the chance to become a Wolverine is still present for Fitzgerald also. The only obstacle between he and a Maize & Blue future at this point is getting feel for the new coaching staff. That is something that should be further remedied early next week during an in-home visit.

“It’s hard to say (what he thinks of the new staff) because two conversations on the phone doesn’t give you much of a grip on what kind of people they are,” said Fitzgerald. “But I’ve heard good things about Coach Rodriguez and his staff, so I’m going to try to keep an open mind. My parents haven’t talked to the coaches yet, so we’re really looking forward to the in-home visit.”

“Honestly I think what it’s going to boil down to is, it’s not what other people have to gain, I think Michigan really has to lose,” he explained. “I hope it doesn’t happen. I don’t think it will. If Michigan didn’t really try to recruit me, that might leave a sour taste in my mouth, but other than that I don’t really see any schools swaying me to fall in love with their schools. I’ve got too much Michigan gear to just throw it all away (laughing). The chances of me leaving Michigan are pretty low and I’m pretty sure everyone knows that.”


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