After several strong performances during the spring camp circuit, 2015 cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep has firmly established himself as one of the top recruits at his position for the next recruiting cycle.
Now with offers from Miami, Rutgers, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Virginia and Syracuse, the parade of coaches coming into St. Peter's Prep this month has been impressive.
"A coach from Florida came in a last week and he said he hopes I'll be a Gator next year," said Fitzpatrick. "Coach Mario Christobal came by and said he wants me to meet Coach Saban in person. Michigan came by twice and both times I had a track meet. Boston College, Wisconsin and Ohio State came twice and said they want me to come down this summer. Stanford came by to give me their academic requirements for my senior year and said they are really interested. South Carolina also came but I wasn't told they were there. I was upset about that. Most of the coaches said they like my size and my highlight film."
Being in this favorable position this early has Fitzpatrick excited, but for now his mind is on other things.
"It's really good but I'm really focused on my season coming up," he said. "I can't wait for it to start and finishing up my school year strong."
With this many early offers and interest, Fitzpatrick is beginning to piece together a visit schedule.
"Friday night I will be running the 100M in states, and then Saturday camping at Penn State with Jordan Fox and Brandon Wimbush," he said. "I'm going to camp at South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia over the summer. In the fall I'm going to try to visit Ohio State and Rutgers too. They visited me too."
While Fitzpatrick has already proven himself at several camps, he wants to continue this trend. This will include a stop at the Rivals.com Five-Star Challenge in Chicago next weekend.
"Well first I love the competition. There is nothing like it," he said. "I always learn something new to bring to the game. At the Rivals camp I'm hoping to prove that I'm a top defensive back in the country. College camps to me are about seeing if there is a good fit between me and the coaches. I definitely believe it's important to camp where you're really interested in."
Aside from doing track this spring, Fitzpatrick has also been focusing on improving his game.
"I'm really working to improve everything," he said. "I have worked a lot every single day. I'm working on speed training, explosiveness, ball skills and I'm in the weight room. There is always room for improvement."