BYU picks up much needed offensive line depth after Ian Fitzgerald commits
Transfer Portal season is still in full swing, even if the manic nature of players entering the portal seems to have slowed down. BYU is continuing their push to bolster their roster ahead of the the 2023 season. Today, they were able to accomplish one of their primary objectives when Missouri State transfer Ian Fitzgerald announced that he has committed to BYU.
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— Ian Fitzgerald (@Ifitzlikeaglove) January 8, 2023
Fitzgerald is an experienced player. He started at right tackle the last 29 games for Missouri State and he played in four additional games before being firmly established as a starter. Though his experience came as the FCS level, Fitzgerald has proven that he is productive and capable of succeeding against college athletes. The 6-6, 300-pound tackle will come to BYU with the chance to earn a starting role immediately.
Kingsley Suamataia will return for the Cougars and is expected to lock down the left tackle position. On the opposite side of the offensive line, the competition is expected to be much more wide open. Lisala Tai and Brayden Keim are expected to compete with Fitzgerald for the starting position. Keim has the most experience at the FBS level, but neither of the three players have enough FBS experience to have a material advantage over the other.
Fitzgerald entered the transfer portal when the transfer window opened in December. Since then, he has reported scholarship offers from Boise State, Utah State, UAB, Temple, Tulane, Memphis, Buffalo, Toledo, Arkansas State and a handful of other schools. He also is reported to have taken on an official visit to Wisconsin as well. He is talented player who was widely sough after when he entered the transfer portal.
Fitzgerald joins Weylin Lapuaho as offensive linemen to commit to BYU out of the transfer portal. He is the sixth scholarship player to be added from the transfer portal in total.