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Utah State football gets commitment from former BYU pledge Paul Fitzgerald

Utah State Aggies players step on the field before a game against the New Mexico Lobos.
File - Utah State Aggies players step on the field before an NCAA football game against the New Mexico Lobos at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The Aggies picked up another commitment for 2022, from former BYU commit Paul Fitzgerald.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

The way recruiting for the 2022 class has gone for Utah State football this year, it is little surprise anymore when the Aggies earn another commit, even multiple commits on the same day.

That is what happened Monday.

Just before noon, Park City running back Max Alford announced he had committed to the Aggies and less than seven hours later Thunder Ridge (Idaho Falls) edge rusher Paul Fitzgerald pledged that he too is headed to Logan.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Fitzgerald was previously committed to BYU an announcement he made on June 25. Since that time, however, Fitzgerald has gone from being an unrated recruit to a three-star recruit, per 247 Sports, or a two-star recruit, per Rivals.

Besides the Aggies and Cougars, Fitzgerald holds scholarship offers from Nevada and Idaho State, with reported interest from Boise State as well (the Wolfpack were the first to offer Fitzgerald, followed by the Cougars).

Considered the 67th-best edge rusher in the country and 3rd-best prospect in Idaho, Fitzgerald joins a defense-heavy first class for USU head coach Blake Anderson.