Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep recently finished up his sophomore season and immediately turned his attention to his recruiting process. Fitzpatrick took a visit last weekend to an ACC school and hopes to set up a few more visits soon.
"I'm going to visit Oregon, I just got back from Boston College and I'm going to the Army All-American Combine in Texas," said Fitzpatrick, who is 6-foot-0 and 180 pounds.
The sophomore corner, who already has an early offer from Rutgers, shared his thoughts on his weekend visit to BC.
"It was really nice," he said. "Coach Addazio seemed like a great person and coach. Hopefully their football program will restore itself in the next couple of years."
For the Oregon visit he mentioned, he plans to attend a camp at Eugene and then an unofficial visit.
Both at Oregon and at the upcoming Army All-American Combine, Fitzpatrick has a few goals in mind.
"I want to prove that I can cover anyone and that I can be physical at the line of scrimmage," he said.
Overall, Fitzpatrick is receiving early attention from some of the top programs in the country, like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and Miami.
"I've been getting a lot of letters and stuff like that. More than before," said Fitzpatrick, who mentioned that three schools are currently recruiting him the hardest. "Oregon, Boston College and Rutgers."
On the field this fall, while playing cornerback and seeing limited time at running back, Fitzpatrick finished with 21 tackles, two interceptions and 12 pass breakup's on the defensive side of the ball, and 476 yards rushing on 38 carries.
"I did well, but I wish it would've ended with a ring though," he said. "I would still like to improve my agility and hips. I think I learned a lot during this season and improved my IQ as a defensive back."