Fitzgerald impressed with SMU atmosphere

2016 Flower Mound (Tex.) Marcus defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald talked with Patrick about his SMU interest and official visits.

2016 Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald has visited SMU a handful of times, but he and his mother finally took in a home game and came away impressed.

“It was a lot of energy, a lot more energy than I think has been there, since coach (Chad) Morris came. I think he’s brought in a good fan base,” Fitzgerald said. “It was a great atmosphere and the team looked really good, really improved from last year, so it was good to watch.”

Scout’s 228th-ranked player nationally has some other visits planned too. He will go to Kansas State on Oct. 3, Oregon on Nov. 7, North Carolina either Nov. 14 or sometime in January. He also may officially visit Oklahoma State and said he would like to get back to SMU for another game if he can fit it in his schedule. Regardless, he’s in no rush to make a decision.

“I’m just taking my time and trying to make the right choice,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald keeps in regular contact with SMU offensive coordinator Joe Craddock and speaks with Morris at times too. Morris will visit his game at Allen on Sept. 25 via helicopter, which impressed him.

“It’s crazy and shows how much I’m wanted there,” Fitzgerald told PonyStampede’s Billy Embody via text.

Fitzgerald isn’t one to seek the spotlight, and over-recruiting him might actually hurt a team. But the aforementioned teams have done a good job recruiting him and he stays in contact with all.

“All of them have been pretty much the same, just keeping in touch every week, wishing me good luck in games and stuff, so for the most part it has all been even,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald was injured during his team’s Sept. 18 win over Carrolton (Texas) Hebron, but he felt his senior year had started strong.

“I felt pretty good, starting it out strong. This injury, I can’t say what it is right now, but I’m just going to keep playing. If I can come back, I’ll come back, and then go from there,” he said.

Fitzgerald is a four-star prospect and Scout’s seventh-ranked defensive end in Texas. Baylor, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Iowa, California, Illinois, Oregon State and Virginia are among his other offers.


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