Recruiting comes down to one simple factor more than any other, relationships. Tight end coach Jeff Traylor has built up some incredible relationships over the year’s, and they are paying off for the Texas Longhorn Nation.
Moments ago, four-star defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald decided to end the recruiting speculation as he has committed to Texas. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound end checks in from Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus. Fitzgerald holds offers from roughly two dozen programs including Kansas State, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas, Baylor, Iowa and UCLA to name a few.
Fitzgerald has great strength, explosion and uses his hands extremely well. The four-star defensive end will not be outworked by anyone. Fitzgerald is about as technically sound as a defender as you will find at the high school level. He is a bring your lunch pail to work kind of guy and will fit in very nicely with the Texas Longhorns defense.
Inside the Numbers
Scout Rank No 245
Position Rank No 30
Midland DE Rank No 9
Texas DE Rank No 7
Fitzgerald is a strong and powerful defensive end prospect, who plays with a blue-collar type of style. A good combo of skills he is perfectly suited to play strongside defensive end. With a big frame, he is physical at the point of attack, holding his ground allowing him to track ball carriers and make tackles. He also has a very quick get off for a prospect with his size, collapsing the pocket and putting pressure on quarterbacks. –GP
2014: Fitzgerald had a strong junior season, recording 11 sacks en route to earning his district's Defensive Player of the Year award playing even-front defensive end.
Where The Class Stands
Fitzgerald joins weakside defensive end Malcolm Roach, corner Obi Eboh, tight end Peyton Aucoin, defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon, offensive linemen Tope Imade, quarterback Shane Buechele, linebacker Demarco Boyd, wide receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps and wide receiver Collin Johnson as part of the 2016 recruiting class.