Friday, January 18, 2013
DB factory St. Peter's Prep has 2015 star
By Jared Shanker
Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep is building a reputation for producing national recruits at defensive back. Minkah Fitzpatrick appears to be next.
The 2015 cornerback already has two offers and looks destined to follow in the footsteps of Will Hill, Tre’ Bell, D.J. Singleton and Sheldon Royster as recruits with national appeal. UConn was the latest to offer Fitzpatrick as the Huskies tendered a scholarship last week.
Fitzpatrick camped at UConn during the summer.
“The campus is real nice. [Former defensive coordinator] Coach [Don] Brown went to Boston College, but I was working one-on-one with him. I liked him a lot,” Fitzpatrick said.
Rutgers was the first to offer Fitzpatrick, who lives about 15 minutes away from Piscataway in Old Bridge.
“I like the way they play, like the aggressiveness,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m going to do a visit in a couple weeks with our quarterback (offered 2015 recruit Brandon Wimbush).”
Alabama, Boston College, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Vanderbilt are just a few teams showing interest in Fitzpatrick. The Gators and Commodores are no stranger to the halls of St. Peter’s Prep. Hill played at Florida, and Bell was once a Florida commit and is now pledged to Vanderbilt.
Fitzpatrick credits Bell for helping him get to where he is now.
“You get to learn from the best, practice with the best and play with the best,” said Fitzpatrick, who also went up against Singleton as a freshman last season. “In the spring, me and Tre’ would always go outside and do some work and he’d show me what he learned from college coaches. That’s how I improved a lot in the offseason.”
At 6-foot and 180 pounds, Fitzpatrick knows he is physically gifted. College football is trending to taller cornerbacks, and Fitzpatrick fits the bill.
“I think I’m really physical, a bigger corner,” he said. “When I get into college and keep playing corner I think I’m going to be overwhelming for receivers because they won’t be used to going up against bigger corners.”