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Wait-and-see mode for kicker target Ryan Fitzgerald after visit

TALLAHASSEE — Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County kicker Ryan Fitzgerald, along with his family, made his way to Florida State for a weekend official visit.

It was far from his first time in Tallahassee to visit the school, but nonetheless it was different than prior visits as this one was an official visit.

“It was fun,” Fitzgerald said. “Great coaching staff. I think they are really going to turn around the program.

“I just wanted to see how it was different,” Fitzgerald added. “I loved it.”

The visit also provided him an opportunity to meet with and spend more time with head coach Willie Taggart.

“Coach Taggart, he is a player’s coach,” Fitzgerald said. “I was talking to the guy’s about it, they love him. They absolutely love him. They said he is really approachable. I’ve noticed that too. You can go right up and talk to him and he wants to talk to you. He can be business, obviously, but he is down to earth. A great guy.”

The biggest question entering the visit was whether or not the Seminoles would pull the trigger on an offer?

“No, not yet,” Fitzgerald said.

Was it discussed this weekend?

“No comment,” Fitzgerald politely said.

How would it impact his recruitment if an offer were extended?

“I don’t know, we’ll see,” Fitzgerald said.

Prior to the visit, the working theory with Fitzgerald and FSU was that if he were to end up in Tallahassee, he would come in without a scholarship, but would be awarded one after this upcoming season – when current kicker Ricky Aguayo exhausts his eligibility.

That may be changing, but for now it appears to be a wait-and-see deal for all parties.

Defensive ends coach Mark Snyder has taken the lead in Fitzgerald’s recruitment since the departure of special teams coordinator Alonzo Hampton.

He currently has offers from Air Force, Akron, Army, Baylor, Boise State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Houston, Kansas, South Alabama, Troy, UCF and UT-Chattanooga.

There are no predictions on the Crystal Ball.

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