Jae Fitzgerald: Working Hard For More Offers

RB Jae Fitzgerald has looked solid all week during Shrine Bowl practices. As time winds down he's looking to see where he stands with schools and hopes to earn offers from some of his top choices. A BCS bowl bound school has entered the picture recently and SCPrepNation.com has the scoop inside.

It's an honor to be selected for the Shrine Bowl but while some athletes have already made a commitment to colleges others are trying to use it as a chance to showcase their talents one last time. With numerous college coaches in attendance there are a few players on the South Carolina team who've stepped up the intensity so far this week hoping to secure additional scholarship offers.

Such is the case with Crestwood RB Jae Fitzgerald who has looked like a solid D1 prospect in the early going. Blessed with outstanding speed Fitzgerald has made the most of the first 2 days of practices. A year ago however injuries kept him out of action and consequently his recruitment slowed as well. Healthy once again he's on a mission to prove that he's top flight running back and so far he hasn't disappointed.

We caught up with Fitzgerald after practice to get an update on his current status and to talk about the Shrine Bowl. "Things are going pretty good out here. I'm meeting a lot of people out here, we're eating a lot, and having a really fun experience."

"Right now my favorites are Clemson, Georgia, and Middle Tennessee State too. I've got offers from Wofford, Winston-Salem State, South Carolina State, and Liberty. Right now I'm trying to get all the offers I can. My coach has told me he's talking to the coaches from West Virginia so I look forward to you know hearing from them. I'm trying to do my best so I can get noticed, I was hurt last year and it really slowed me down but I feel like I'm doing a good job out here."

While the intensity has been at a high level most of the time so far there are always some guys who keep others cracking up with jokes and pranks. Fitzgerald told us that a few have been setting the pace in that department. "Oh man it's gotta be a tie between Mark Barnes and Willy Korn."

"I may try to make a decision in January sometime. I'll probably know who exactly really wants me by then and who doesn't. I've got visits set up with Clemson, Winston-Salem State, and Liberty so far."

Jae Fitzgerald listens intently during RB drills

Fitzgerald gets ready to prepare for his turn during drills

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