Fitzgerald keeps active, adds offer
Jimmy Fitzgerald is making the rounds this summer.
Like every other up-and-coming football prospect in the Class of 2015, the Champaign Centennial (Ill.) quarterback was a visitor at college campuses in June.
Illinois, which offered Fitzgerald his first scholarship on May 7, is still his only Football Bowl Subdivision offer.
Yale recently extended an offer, but that’s the extent of it. So far at least.
Fitzgerald camped at both Duke and North Carolina in June, two ACC schools who have expressed interest in him. Possible interest from Ivy League schools could pick up.
Fitzgerald had a 4.0 GPA last spring at Centennial.
He also took part in a one-day camp at Northwestern, which has made a sweeping round of scooping up Illinois high school players in the Class of 2014.
Stanford and Michigan have seen Fitzgerald throw at the Centennial practice field, Fitzgerald said.
“This spring we kind of set a routine out for what I’d do during a workout,” Fitzgerald said. “We just go do that routine. Sometimes I just have my back to the coaches, so I don’t get too nervous or overwhelmed. I just try to keep it simple.”
Fitzgerald stays in touch most with Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit.
The addition of transfer Wes Lunt to Illinois has made for a crowded quarterback field at Illinois with incoming freshman Aaron Bailey and Class of 2014 commit Chayce Crouch already lined up to arrive at Illinois. But the Illini remain interested in the local product.
Along with the workouts for different college teams, Fitzgerald seems focused on making sure Centennial improves from a 2-7 record it posted last year.
Fitzgerald, in his first year at Centennial after transferring from nearby St. Thomas More in Champaign, threw for 1,300 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last fall.
He wants to see all those numbers improve during his junior campaign.
Some already have.
Fitzgerald, listed at 6-foot-3, has bulked up to 219 pounds.
He played last season at around 205.
“Last year was a little sketchy, but I’m ready to go this season,” Fitzgerald said. “A lot of kids get caught up with (recruiting). I just want to try to realize that it’s not all about me. It’s my teammates and my coaches. They’re the reason I’m here.”