September 3, 2010

Fitzgerald has eyes for Buckeyes

As a participant on the Raw Talent Bus Tour, Sae'von Fitzgerald attended about a dozen college football summer camps in an effort to improve his skills and put his talents on display for college coaches across the country.

That plan worked as the 5-foot-7, 160-pound running back/defensive back from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio landed a verbal scholarship offer from North Carolina Central. He also emerged as a prospect at several other schools including Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech.

"Coach (Joe) Rudolph from Wisconsin, coach (Pat) Narduzzi from MSU, coach (Greg) Gillum from OSU and coach (David) Walker from Pitt, they all want me to go to a football game this fall and meet the coaches. Coach (Charles) Kelly from Georgia Tech, coach Jay Paterno from Penn State and coach (Ed) Warinner from Notre Dame all said they were coming to one of my games this fall. Also coach Gillum said that too. For Cincinnati, coach (Butch) Jones said I have to send him film of my first two games then Cincinnati will offer."

Early in the process Fitzgerald said Ohio State, Cincinnati and Michigan State are among the schools he favors.

Next weekend Fitzgerald will visit Columbus for the fourth time. He attended two games last fall and also participated in the state track meet at Ohio State. This time around he'll be in town for the Buckeyes game against Miami.

After that, he'll visit Michigan State and potentially several other schools.

"I believe my next one is Michigan State," he said. "I'm going to at least one game of all the schools that are recruiting me."

Fitzgerald's junior season got off to a rocky start at Columbus Bishop Watterson rallied in the fourth quarter for a 20-7 victory over St. Vincent-St. Mary.

"One word that can describe that game was turnovers. We had seven," Fitzgerald said. "It was 7-7 going into the fourth quarter then it went downhill from there."

Fitzgerald rushed just seven times for over 40 yards and returned two kicks for 50 yards. On defense he posted three tackles and tipped a pass, which was intercepted by another SVSM standout, Doran Grant.

Grant, one of the nation's top high school football players and Ohio's top ranked prospect, has served as somewhat of a mentor to Fitzgerald.

"I learn a lot from him, especially at the corner position," Fitzgerald said. "I didn't know anything about corner because I played safety. This whole summer Doran and I were working on DB drills, lifting, and (working out) at Raw Talent (a training facility). He taught me how to jam a receiver and read their breaks before they make them. He is still teaching me a new thing every day."

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