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Ga. DB has surprise leader

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Lovejoy (Ga.) is without a doubt one of the true prospect producing factories in the South every year. The class of 2005 is no different with two of the top players in the entire Peach State.
Defensive back Keith Fitzhugh, is a 5-foot-11, 190 pound shutdown cornerback, who could also play safety on the next level. It’s his pass coverage and versatility that have college coaches salivating over him.
“I have four scholarship offers so far: Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Maryland,” Fitzhugh said.
“I’m getting mail from just about every school out there, but those four schools are recruiting me the hardest right now. After those four it is pretty hard just to single out one school.”
As a junior he posted 82 tackles and three interceptions en route to 1st team defense all-region, all-state, Clayton-Henry and Southern Crescent team selections.
“My top school right now is Mississippi State. After that it is probably Maryland, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia and Florida State.”
What stands out about the Bulldogs from Starkville?
“Chris (Scott) and I went over there last month and went to a basketball game and just really started liking it. We are going back for their spring game I think. I talked to coach Croom and he is a great guy.
I think he is going to turn the program around over there. I was real impressed with the way he was running things. My former teammate Michael Heard is also over there and I have talked to him a little bit and he really likes it over there.”
Fitzhugh is fully qualified with a 3.0 GPA and 860 SAT score and plans to enroll at the school of his choice in January.
“I’m really weighing a lot of factors already because I have two months less to make a decision. I think enrolling early will give me a chance to learn the system and get used to the weight program at whatever school I choose.”
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