Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep is no stranger to producing BCS level talent, so it should not come as a surprise that a 2015 player from the program recently picked up his first offer. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick enjoyed a successful freshman season last fall, which helped him land his first offer from Rutgers this summer.
"I felt really blessed, especially because it was from my home state," said Fitzpatrick, who is 6-foot-0 and 177-pounds. "It feels great, but I have to just keep focused and keep getting it in."
While Rutgers was the first to offer Fitzpatrick, the Scarlet Knights will likely have plenty of company down the road.
"I've been getting interest from UConn, Alabama, Miami and North Carolina," said Fitzpatrick. "I'm supposed to go to Delaware this weekend and next weekend I'm going to Friday Night Lights in Florida."
Being a rising sophomore from New Jersey at Friday Night Lights will bring a great deal of pressure to Fitzpatrick, but he seems ready for the challenge.
"I want to prove that I can compete on any stage," he said.
The only other college camp Fitzpatrick attended to this point was at Connecticut, but he did participate at the Rutgers passing camp with his team and the Rivals/VTO Camp in New Jersey during the spring. He gave a few thoughts about his experience at Connecticut.
"It went really well," he said. "I liked the defensive back's coach a lot. I got to practice one-on-one with him. He's a good coach."
Growing up, Fitzpatrick mentioned that he followed a few SEC schools.
"Alabama, because that's my family's home state, and also LSU and South Carolina," he said.
During his upcoming sophomore season, Fitzpatrick will mainly line up at cornerback, but will also share duties at running back.
"I'm working hard and I just want to be able to showcase my skills," he said. "I want to win a state championship, and personally I want 40 tackles, at least five interceptions and 800 yards rushing."