One of the hottest New Jersey prospects is J.B. Fitzgerald. Over the past three months, Fitzgerald has gather 12 offers with the May evaluation period looming where most offers are normally given. Currently, he has offers from Northwestern, Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Iowa, Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke, Rutgers, Michigan, and Stanford.
During the last two months, he had a chance to visit a number of schools. Although he has not yet developed a list of favorites, there were three schools that he has a good "feel" for. These schools are Georgia Tech, Iowa, and Rutgers.
Regarding Georgia Tech, Fitzgerald really enjoyed the trip. It gave him an opportunity to meet their head coach and LB coach. Both coaches left a favorable impression on him. The campus was another plus to the visit. He liked Atlanta and how the campus is connected to the city. During the visit, he had an opportunity to see the team scrimmage and liked the defensive scheme. Finally, the strength and conditioning program was another area that impressed him, particularly the three coaches who ran the program. There focus and appoach to building strength, agility, and power left a good impression on him.
Iowa was another visit where he left impressed. It was his first visit to the Hawkeye State. During the visit, he got a chance to bond with their head coach who Fitzgerald was impressed with. The visit provided him with his first view of a college football practice. He was able to sit in on the LB meeting and get a first hand look at their scheme.
His home state school, Rutgers was another school that impressed him. The 30-minute
drive to the Rutgers campus was a real plus for him. Two of the most impactful
parts of the visit was the Rutgers weightroom and Coach Schiano's speech. Coach
Schiano's speech really hit home for him particularly his example of only two
New Jersey players returning with national championship rings over the past
few years. The visit was impressive enough to make him declare that Rutgers
will obtain one of his official visits.
Fitzgerald has yet to determine where he will camp this summer. But he will only select from schools where he holds a written offer.
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