The "dark horse" of the 2016 recruiting class for the Texas Longhorns is increasingly becoming poorly-kept secret, as more and more Texas fans are recognizing the massive potential of Flower Mound Marcus defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald.
In a recent workout, Fitzgerald proved why his future head coach considers him the under-the-radar signee of the impressive 2016 class.
Keep in mind that on National Signing Day, Texas listed Fitzgerald as 6'5 and 255 pounds. So while he's not quite in Shawn Oakman-JJ Watt territory yet with his box-jumping ability, the explosiveness and lightness on his feet are part of the reason why Fitzgerald vaulted into the top 100 prospects nationally and the top 10 strongside defensive ends by 247Sports after impressing scouts at the Semper Fi All-American game.
Both Quincy Vasser and Charles Omenihu had strong performances at the Orange and White game last Saturday to stake claims to 2016 playing time, but even with the improvements of both of those players, Fitzgerald and his non-stop motor will likely be hard to keep off the field in 2016.
There's a reason why he was a must-have prospect for Charlie Strong as soon as he saw Fitzgerald in action.
"When we turned the tape on, I said, 'Oh god, I don't need to see anything else,'" Strong said. "'If he's going to play like that, we have to have him.'"
Just a reminder -- Strong doesn't miss on these types of prospects that often.