J.B. Fitzgerald was only hoping for one scholarship offer by the end of his junior year. He certainly has attained that goal and much more, as the 6-3, 225-pound linebacker prospect is now up to 11 written scholarship offers after receiving two more yesterday.
“All of this is pleasantly unexpected,” said Fitzgerald, who stars at West Windsor Plainsboro South in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. “It’s great. I never in my wildest dreams expected it to be like this. I’m very lucky be in this position.”
Fitzgerald’s latest offers are from Northwestern and Syracuse, respectively. He has also been offered by Duke, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
The unexpected attention is exciting, but Fitzgerald, who may narrow his list of schools following the May evaluation period, also acknowledges that all of the attention has caused him to reevaluate his decision making process.
“Before everything got kicked up, I was telling my mom and my dad that it would be really cool to make a decision before my senior year,” said Fitzgerald, who claims no favorites at this point in the process. “After the attention and the unofficial visits I’ve taken, I’ve been thinking. It pushed me back. I definitely realize just how important of a decision it is. I’m probably leaning towards making a decision after I make a few official visits.”
Up to this point, Fitzgerald has made unofficial visits to four schools – Michigan, Rutgers, Virginia and Maryland. He is scheduled to visit Iowa and Penn State this month and my also head to Pitt and Georgia Tech in the near future.
Virginia is a program that Fitzgerald has visited twice. He is interested in both programs from the state of Virginia.
“I’m definitely very interested in Virginia and Virginia Tech,” Fitzgerald said. “Growing up, they were always the teams on TV. I’ve always enjoyed watching them both play. UVa was really the first school to start showing serious interest in me, which is pretty cool. I got to see the Maryland game [last fall] and I went to their junior day.
“Virginia Tech just started coming on. They just offered me the other day. I’ve definitely always really enjoyed watching their defense.”
Fitzgerald discussed his UVa experiences in more depth. He has not visited Virginia Tech.
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