"I'll go from these five teams and narrow it down to one," Fitzgerald said. "All five are strong academically and they all have good football programs. Now it's just going to be about comfort and seeing where I fit in the best. I hope to make a decision sometime during the season."
Fitzgerald, ranked No. 16 in the East by Scout.com, has already scheduled an official visit to Michigan on Sept. 22 for the Penn State game.
"There's not too much not to like about Michigan," he said. "I love their tradition and I have a great relationship with their linebacker coach Steve Szabo. He's been recruiting me since January and I've gotten to know him really well.
"I also like their academics," Fitzgerald said. "They are some of the best in the country."
He's also planning to visit officially Iowa in December, but doesn't have an exact date yet. "I really like coach Darrell Wilson (linebackers)," he said. "He's a Jersey guy too and we get along well. Iowa is in a great conference and I like the environment a lot. I didn't expect to like it out there, but was really surprised. The campus and everything really impressed me. It's really laid-back and peaceful and I like that."
Fitzgerald has already visited all the schools in his top five unofficially and is only 25 minutes away from Rutgers. "Location isn't a big deal," he said. "I probably wouldn't go out west, but that's about the only restriction I have. I don't need to stay in-state or anything.
"I like that Rutgers is a program that is still on-the-rise," Fitzgerald said. "I have a good relationship with coach Greg Schiano and they are heading in the right direction. I like that they are just really serious and focused on football."
Fitzgerald does not plan to attend any camps this summer.
He reports a 3.4 core GPA and is still awaiting his SAT results.