Digest'Em: Monday Recruiting Scoop

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2016 defensive end talks about experience at Cotton Bowl

Williams shares Cotton Bowl experience

Wallace sees improvement despite loss

2016 defensive end talks about experience at Cotton Bowl

2016 four-star defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald (Flower Mound, Texas) watched Texas battle OU in the Red River Shootout from the Cotton Bowl stands

“I was there and it was a great game,” Fitzgerald said. “I enjoyed watching them a lot. It was awesome. The whole atmosphere was something I’ll remember.”

Fitzgerald, a 6-foot 5 245 pound defensive end, noticed the Longhorns ferociousness on defense.

“The defense was everything [Saturday],” Fitzgerald said. “And then the offense decided to pick it up later but it was too late.”

Fitzgerald said that the defensive coaches have been in contact with him. He confirmed that Coach Rumph had talked to him a couple of weeks ago but he didn’t reveal what the conversation was like.

Outside of recruiting, Fitzgerald is having a solid year with the Flower Mound Marcus Marauders as the team is 4-3 overall and 3-2 in district.

“I think, overall, I’m having a pretty good season,” Fitzgerald said. “And the team has its ups and downs but for the most part we are doing very good.”

Fitzgerald continued by laying out his personal goals for this season.

“Well, obviously [to] get better at my game,” he said. “But try to get some offers. And I want to beat every single person I go against and just to win out the rest of the way.”

Fitzgerald hopes to get offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Purdue and Texas as he said those are teams expressing the most interest in him.

Williams shares Cotton Bowl experience

2016 four-star defensive end Mike Williams (Fort Worth, Texas) was also at the Cotton Bowl to watch the Longhorns battle against Oklahoma, Saturday. Williams said that he enjoyed the atmosphere at the game and that it was good experience.

“It was great,” Williams said. “Texas fans really showed up even though they were a large underdog.”

Williams continued by saying that the game was fun to watch.

“It was great,” Williams said. “The defense for both teams was good and physical. Plus, when I was outside the stadium, I could see how strong the fan base was.”

Williams also noticed a continued trend of improvement from the Longhorns but said that mistakes prevented them from upsetting the Sooners.

“[Texas’ performance] was good just needed the offense to just not get so many penalties,” Williams said. “They might have even won that game.”

The 6-foot-3 defensive end said that Friday was the first time he had played in a game since he suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the year.

“A dude ran through my arm so it’s gonna be hurt till the season is over,” Williams said. “But I feel good. Friday was the first time since I got my shoulder injury where I felt kinda normal and they let me play.”

Williams added that his team, All Saints’ Episcopal Saints, is playing better because some of the sophomores and freshman have really stepped up as of late.

While Williams is played well while hurt, he hasn’t heard from Texas’ coaching staff. But he has heard from Nebraska and Penn State as the two schools have offered him. He has also drawn attention from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Miami (FL) and TCU.

Wallace sees improvement despite loss

2016 four-star safety Christian Wallace (Katy, Texas) wasn’t at the Cotton Bowl Saturday but he did watch the Longhorns valiantly fight their way back into the game against Oklahoma. While Texas wasn’t able to pull off the upset against No. 11 Oklahoma, Wallace noticed definite improvement from the Longhorns.

“I thought Texas’ defense was fighting hard,” Wallace said. “Yes [I see] a lot [of improvement].”

While moral victories might not be allowed for Texas, Wallace said that Longhorns’ performance showed that the future is bright for them.

“I think the team is growing by losing all these games,” Wallace said. “And I also think that next year and the year after that will be their years.”

Wallace also said that he has recently heard from Texas as it has invited him to all of the remaining home games. Wallace didn’t say if he’d be at this week’s game against Iowa State but the offer is out there. However, he added that he hasn’t heard from the coaches.

“No, not [recently] I need to call them soon,” Wallace said.

Wallace concluded the conversation by saying that his season is going good and that he is playing well despite his team’s, Katy Tompkins Falcons, winless record.


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