NJ LB Making Visits

Over the course of the past couple of weeks, big-time linebacker recruit J.B. Fitzgerald has had the chance to visit many of the schools that have offered him a scholarship. Included in this group is Wake Forest, a school Fitzgerald visited just over a week ago.

6'3, 225-pound linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald, a native of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, has earned 13 offers and currently traveling the country, visiting schools that have offered him a scholarship. "As of now, I'm in my spring break and in the process of taking my unofficial visits," Fitzgerald said this past week. "I'm going to all the schools I can to get a good feel for the school so I know kind of what I like about each school."

In recent weeks, Fitzgerald has had a chance to visit four more schools in addition to the schools he has already visited. "I got a chance to visit a few schools I was looking at in Duke, Georgia Tech, Wake, and Michigan," Fitzgerald noted. "Before then, I had been to Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, and Rutgers. I'm still trying to get out to see a few more places before the spring's over. I haven't set up any but I'm looking at doing that."

Fitzgerald spoke with DeaconSports about each of his visits in recent weeks. "Georgia Tech was the first weekend of my spring break for their junior day," he said. "It was nice. I got to see their facilities and see their team scrimmage. After the scrimmage, the junior day was basically finished but my father and I and a few recruits stayed and got a private tour of the campus. Before the tour, we got a chance to meet Coach Gailey and I liked it a lot. It was very interesting how the campus is very typical for a college, but right in the middle of Atlanta.

After his visit to Georgia Tech, Fitzgerald made the trip from New Jersey down to North Carolina to visit Wake Forest and Duke. "Next was Wake Forest," Fitzgerald noted. "My father and I flew in and as soon as we got there we met with Coach Mack. We ran into Coach Grobe actually as he was going on his walk for the day. We met with Coach Lambert and a few others. We got to sit in the linebacker meeting with Coach Lambert and after the meeting we went and saw practice and after that we got to walk around the campus. Their GA, Mark Moroz, show us around. It was very nice. I've never seen a campus quite like it. It was just nice."

"We went to Duke the next day," Fitzgerald continued. "We got a chance to watch practice and walk around the campus and met with Coach Roof after that. I liked it – it was nice. I had never been there before so it was awesome to get to see the trip down there. It was a lot like the campus at Princeton near my hometown."

Fitzgerald's final visit during his spring break was to perennial power Michigan. "It was awesome," Fitzgerald said emphatically. "I got to watch a Michigan practice. It was awesome to see a program like that and how they run their practices. I got to meet a lot of the coaches and we sat down with Coach Carr for a while."

With offers from each of the four schools he has visited in the past two weeks plus nine others, Fitzgerald will certainly have his pick of schools in the end. When he does make his final decision, he has a set of criteria that he will go over before deciding. "I go by 3 things really," he said. "First, a school with great academics. Football only goes so long and after that you want a degree to help you in life. Then I want to go somewhere with a strong football program, strong tradition, and that wants nothing less than the best. The third thing is how I feel I fit in at the school. Do I feel like this is the place for me."

Although Fitzgerald favors Michigan after his initial visits, he plans to make official visits prior to making a commitment. "I'm still trying to get all my visits in before I trim my list, but I'll probably trim it down to five in the next few months and make official visits."

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