RICHMOND HILL, GA - Richmond Hill quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is finally getting his chance as a senior but that hasn't stopped SEC teams from recruiting him as a strong armed quarterback.
He patiently waited for his turn to start and now it will pay off for the 6-5, 205-pounder, "I think that he's always been a quarterback," said coach Lyman Guy. "In the public eye he was a receiver last year but he's been a quarterback first."
Fitzgerald was an outstanding receiver for the Wildcats quarterback Dominique Allen who is now at the Air Force Academy. But, Fitzgerald was really a quarterback who was athletic enough to move positions, "I think it actually helps me in a way because going through those years being a receiver I know how my receivers are thinking and I know as a quarterback I can read coverages a lot better. And, so having the experience as a receiver I know what it's like to be them. It's not much of a change, physically or mentally, I'm just going to be focusing on that one position instead of both."
Coach Guy added, "He's got the physical ability, the big arm and for the size he can run pretty well."
Fitzgerald didn't get to throw the ball much last season because much of he time he was in there the Wildcats had a big lead. But coach Guy assured everyone he has a great arm, "I told everyone that Nick has great ability throwing the football," said Guy. "Once he got into the summer, he started throwing the ball at camps and everybody thought this kid is the total package."
Fitzgerald has committed to Mississippi State and has that big decision behind him going into his senior season, "It's a big weight lifted off knowing that I'm not going to have to be making this decision all through the season to where I'm going. I have a set place where I'm going and I'm glad to be going there. I felt really at home right away and it's a great group of people. The coaches are phenomenal. You're not going to get a better quarterback coach than Dan Mullen. They made you feel like family right away and that's the big thing I was looking for.
The Wildcats open the season on Thursday August 29th when they host the Johnson Atom Smashers.