October 10, 2008

Fitzhugh finds a home in Starkville

Keith Fitzhugh could have gone anywhere.

The likes of USC, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Notre Dame, Georgia and South Carolina all had offers on the table for his collegiant services.

But those nationally renown programs took a backseat when Fitzhugh made the decision to come to Mississippi State and help head coach Sylvester Croom rebuild.

"I hadn't been to Mississippi a day in my life before I came here," Fitzhugh said. "It wasn't too far from home and Coach Croom was a great guy when he came to visit with my family. It just seemed like a great opportunity to get the program turned back around. That's what really made me come out here."

The 5-foot-11, 206-pounder has no regrets about turning down those programs and has enjoyed the lifelong friendships he has made since his arrival in Starkville four and a half years ago.

Fitzhugh has appeared in 41 games throughout his career earning 21 starting calls in the secondary. He has 152 career tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, seven pass deflections, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced. For the season Fitzhugh has been credited with 22 tackles (0.5 for loss), two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one pass defelection.

"It has worked out for me," Fitzhugh said. "I get to play with a great group of guys and I have a great relationship with guys like Derek (Pegues), Dominic Douglas, Jasper O'Quinn, De'Mon Glanton. I also have a great relationship with the coaches. They will always be there for you. Coach Croom is a great guy to play up under."

It is his relationship with his head coach that has helped mold Fitzhugh into the man that he is today.

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