Hermitage (Richmond, VA) defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald , who may be the top defensive end prospect in the state, has not narrowed his list of schools. The 6-4, 250 pound prospect seems very much open right now, however hopes to narrow his list possibly by the end of the summer.
“Not as of right now,” Fitzgerald said when asked if he had any favorites. “I’m going to focus this summer on narrowing my list to five or six schools before the start of my senior year. I’m not sure if I can do that, but we’ll see. I do want to take some official visits. I’m not going to rush my decision.”
Fitzgerald has been hitting the camp circuit over the past few weeks and will continue to do so through July. Last week, he attended camps at NC State and Maryland. He has been offered by Maryland but not by NC State.
“NC State was all right,” Fitzgerald said. “It was OK. I was there Monday and Tuesday. I didn’t really get a chance to see the campus or speak to the coaches or anything. I mainly just performed at the camp and left.
“Maryland was different [than NC State]. We actually got to use helmets and pads, which was cool. I talked to the coaches there, and they just talked about the school. I had a chance to drive around the campus before I left. It was a decent campus.”
Next up for Fitzgerald is UVa’s summer camp this weekend and Virginia Tech’s one day Senior Camp on July 10th. He talked about the positives each in-state school has right now.
“Of course there are the academics,” Fitzgerald said when asked what he likes about UVa. “The coaches seem really down to earth…not too crazy. I talk to Mike Groh a lot and I’ve talked to Coach London once. I’ll get a chance to see Coach London’s coaching style this weekend. I’ve talked to a couple of players, and they say he’s really good. Also, they are now going to play in the strongest conference.
“I haven’t seen Virginia Tech as much as I have Virginia. I’ve only been down there once. One strength for them is that they joined the ACC. When I went down there for the Spring game they seemed to have good fan support. I didn’t expect that many people at a Spring game.”
Following the camps at UVa and Virginia Tech, Fitzgerald wants to make some unofficial visits before the start of his senior year....
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