Four-star prospect Andrew Fitzgerald told eDuck.com that a decision could be coming soon following his official visit to Oregon over the weekend.
Fitzgerald had already visited Texas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State prior to his official visit to Oregon and now he feels he has the information needed to start the decision making process.
"Oregon was the one school I wanted to check out because I hadn’t been there obviously," he said. "I think that now that I’ve got that out of the way and I’ve experienced all that, I have enough information to be able to make my decision pretty soon.”
Fitzgerald said that an additional visit to Texas or one to North Carolina before National Signing Day could occur, but nothing is set in stone right now. As for what he thought of Oregon, Fitzgerald had positive things to say.
“I didn’t really know much going into it,” he said. “And now that I went on my official they definitely showed me some things and I’m definitely considering them. It’s definitely a big eye opener when I went there and got to see the whole side of Oregon and stuff.”
Early on in the visit, Fitzgerald met with an academic advisor and took a tour of the campus and tutoring center while learning about what Oregon had to offer academically.
“He just talked about all the tutoring and academic support they give you,” Fitzgerald said. “That was good to hear. I just got to tour around the whole building, see the whole tutoring side of things and stuff like that.”
On the football side of things, the 6-foot-5, 247-pound Fitzgerald spent time with defensive line coach Ron Aiken and went over what the veteran coach believes he could do in the Oregon system. According to Fitzgerald, Aiken believes he can earn reps his freshman year in a fill-in role.
“He just told me that he could see me obviously being at d-end and being a big contributor to the d-line and stuff like that,” Fitzgerald said. “How he could see me being used and different things like that. Being like the strong defensive end because he likes my length and my size and stuff.”
Fitzgerald, like fellow defensive end visitor Thomas Schaffer, spent time with sophomore defensive end Henry Mondeaux and bounced some questions about the school off of him. At the game, Fitzgerald got a chance to experience the atmosphere at Autzen Stadium as Oregon cruised to a 44-28 victory over Cal.
“The fans are crazy and it was a good game obviously," he said. "The Ducks won so it was fun to go up there and experience all that.”
Now the focus shifts to Fitzgerald's pending decision. Oregon should find out soon enough whether his experience in Eugene and Aiken's pitch were enough to land the coveted prospect.