With six practices under the team’s belt, SMU football’s new era has gotten off to a quick start.
On Saturday, the team held their second practice open to fans and the media, and with a junior day following practice, there were dozens of Texas high school students taking in the action.
While he didn’t stay for junior day, 2016 Four-star Marcus (Tex.) defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald, who attended SMU’s first junior day on February 21, was in attendance to take in his first practice with family and came away impressed by the atmosphere.
“High energy,” Fitzgerald said about SMU’s practice. “It’s fun to watch because they go full speed so it’s been a great experience so far.”
Following practice, Fitzgerald spoke with the coaching staff, who he has already formed a tight bond with.
“I talk to them probably every week,” Fitzgerald said. “Whether it’s on direct messaging or over the phone, we stay in communication. It’s a pretty tight relationship I guess you’d say. I talk to Coach Morris mainly, but I talk to Coach Craddock and Coach Wyatt too.”
“He’s (Coach Morris) a friend of one of my friends so we know each other through that and we’re pretty good friends.”
The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Fitzgerald has seen his recruitment heat up quickly recently, and just received his first Big 12 offer from Kansas State.
Besides SMU, Fitzgerald holds offers from Kansas State, California, Air Force, Boise State, North Carolina, North Texas, Texas State, Vanderbilt and Army, but the rising senior says the playing field is completely even at this point.
“They (the offers) have just been getting bigger, but I’m not counting anyone out,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m just going through the process and seeing where I fit.”
With the offers just starting to role in, Fitzgerald plans to set up spring and summer visits soon, but doesn’t plan on making his decision any time soon.
At times, when the offers weren’t coming, it was frustrating, but Fitzgerald is enjoying every bit of the recruiting process now.
“It (the recruiting process) has been going great so far,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s picked up heavy the last couple of months so it’s rolling right now. I probably want to know (where I want to commit) by the time my senior year comes, but I’m just going to enjoy the process, visit some schools, and see what school fits best for me.”
The Flower Mound native plans on attending the Mustangs’ spring game on April 18.