The Virginia pipeline to the Kansas State football program continues.
Defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald, a freshman All-American and two-year starter at Virginia in 2006 and last year, is transferring to K-State, his high school coach Patrick Kane said by phone Friday from Richmond, Va. Fitzgerald plans to take summer school courses at K-State, will sit out in 2008, and be considered a fifth-year senior in 2009. He redshirted in 2005 at Virginia.
Fitzgerald was there during K-State coach Ron Prince’s last year as the offensive coordinator. Prince was hired in Dec. 2005 by the Wildcats. Fitzegrald joins linebacker Olu Hall, a former Virginia player, who will be eligible this season for the Wildcats.
How good is Fitzgerald, who is 6-3 279 and fourth on the team in tackles with 73 last year (including seven sacks)?“I also coached Duane Brown (offensive tackle who was a first-round pick, No. 26 overall, last month by the Houston Texans), and Jeffrey is every bit the athlete Duane is,” Kane said.
Kane said Fitzgerald left Virginia for personal reasons.