With the Texas Longhorns unlikely to land Aldine Macarthur defensive end Isaiah Chambers when he makes his decision on Friday, the coaching staff extended an offer to another in-state prospect at the position on Thursday in Flower Mound Marcus' Andrew Fitzgerald:
Just received an offer from the University of Texas! #HookEm pic.twitter.com/8Dd8Jx2enL— Andrew Fitzgerald (@andrewfitz90) September 24, 2015
The 6'5, 245-pounder is a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 689 recruit overall, the No. 29 strongside defensive end, and the No. 95 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Now holding over 20 offers, Fitzgerald is something of a high-value three-star prospect because there are some solid schools on his offer list -- Baylor, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Texas Tech are all in the mix for his services.
During the summer, Fitzgerald took a trip through the Midwest, stopping at Iowa and Kansas State in addition to taking in a camp at North Carolina, the perceived favorite right now with two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. After those visits, he named a top five of Baylor, North Carolina, Oregon, SMU, and Vanderbilt.
On the surface, this is a recruitment where the Horns should have a strong chance of coming out with Fitzgerald's signature next February -- not having to compete with any SEC West schools is a good start, at least.
Still a rangy athlete at 245 pounds, Fitzgerald has the frame to eventually grow into the size of former Texas defensive end Cedric Reed or even continue maturing into a defensive tackle, so he's projectable at several different techniques. He's known as a strong technician for his size and his verified 40-yard dash time of 4.90 seconds is solid for a prospect of his size. Additionally, he can play with good leverage and looks to have a solid motor.
So far during his senior season, Fitzgerald has 14 quarterback hurries and four sacks through four games.