UNC Among 4-Star DE Andrew Fitzgerald’s Favorites

The Tar Heels are poised to get a return trip - this time an official visit - from four-star defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald.

A summer visit to North Carolina has piqued Andrew Fitzgerald’s Tar Heel interest.

“I think [my interest] is pretty big,” the 6-foot-5, 243-pound defensive end from Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus said. “I like the coaching staff there. I like what they’re doing over there. When I first went there, it seemed like a cool place and football is getting big there.”

Shortly after UNC became the first Power 5 school to offer, Fitzgerald began regularly communicating with Tray Scott, the Tar Heels’ defensive line coach. Scott’s pitch enticed Fitzgerald to schedule a visit.

“I felt like I needed to go down there and experience it,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald chose Fedora’s Freak Show. Given Chapel Hill’s proximity, his stay spanned an entire June weekend.

“It was great,” Fitzgerald said. “There was a lot of energy. There weren’t a lot of people on campus, because it was the summer, so it wasn’t the whole experience. But I liked what I was able to see.”

Fitzgerald aims to achieve the whole experience during his UNC official visit. Depending on Marcus’s playoff schedule – which should be determined within the next few weeks – that official visit will take place either Nov. 14, in conjunction with the football game against Miami, or in January.

Fitzgerald has also scheduled official visits with Kansas State (Oct. 10) and Oregon (Nov. 7).

“The other two [official visits] I’m kind of open with,” Fitzgerald said.

Besides the three aforementioned trips, Fitzgerald has collected offers from Baylor, Boise State, California, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Virginia.

The plan is for Fitzgerald to make a verbal commitment shortly after taking all five of his official visits. However, he said that plan will be spurned if the urge to commit strikes him during one of his trips.

Heading into his official visit schedule, Fitzgerald admits that he’s favoring Kansas State, UNC, and Oregon.

“They’re definitely the schools I’m considering the most,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m not trying to rule out any other schools. But those [three] schools, I guess you could say, I have more high on my list.

“I’ve stayed in contact with the coaches [at those three schools]. I’ve gotten to know the coaching staffs. And I’ve been on visits to K-State and North Carolina, and I know I want to go back there for a visit and make sure I didn’t miss anything.”

Specifically with UNC, Fitzgerald remains in near-daily contact with Scott, even though UNC has two defensive end prospects verbally committed.

“They have, what they call, a ‘quick end’ and a ‘strong end,’ and they’re still looking for a ‘strong end,’” Fitzgerald said. “And they want me to fill the ‘strong end’ spot. They’re just waiting on me.”

In addition to being the closest of his top three, Kansas State has family connections. Fitzgerald’s grandfather is a K-State alum.

“To be honest, it’s not that big of a deal,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s not like a big factor.”

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