Blue Chip countdown: No. 6 Desmond Fitzpatrick
The Detroit News continues its countdown of the top 15 Blue Chip recruits for 2016 with Desmond Fitzpatrick of Waterford Mott at No. 6.
Desmond Fitzpatrick has an exciting day planned for Monday, the day he plans to make his college choice at Waterford Mott High School.
Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver/cornerback, put together an outstanding senior season at Mott after transferring from Farmington High. He had 60 receptions for 1,317 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also had seven interceptions from his cornerback spot, returning two for TDs. He made 50 tackles and broke up 12 passes.
Fitzpatrick decommitted from Louisville after the season. He will take an official visit to Louisville this weekend before deciding on attending Arizona, Nebraska, Indiana or Louisville. He received 20 offers, including one from Michigan.
“The whole recruiting process has been crazy, especially since I’ve been recruited since my freshman year, so it’s finally winding down,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m very excited (for Monday). It’s still kind of up in the air, honestly. I think all four of those programs are great programs, coming out with great receivers.”
Fitzpatrick put in plenty of time in the weight room during the offseason, and he got stronger and faster.
“I worked out like crazy during the offseason,” he said. “I was 6-1, 183 pounds my junior year and now I’m 6-3 and 195, so I definitely put on some weight. My explosion and my speed was better, definitely a huge upgrade from my junior year. Really, I think my route running and my hands are my strength, and my body control when I’m going up for the ball.”
Fitzpatrick made an impact from the season-opening 46-6 rout of Wayne Memorial, scoring four TDs, including three TD receptions and an interception return for a score. He then came back the following week with two TDs in a 31-27 loss to South Lyon, grabbing eight passes for 180 yards.
Still, Fitzpatrick said his best game came in Week No. 9, a dominating 61-14 win over Plymouth to earn a state playoff appearance.
“I scored on a 60-yard TD pass on the first play from scrimmage against Plymouth, had 12 catches for 201 yards and scored two touchdowns,” he said. “I also had two picks in the game, including a pick 6.”
Fitzpatrick said all four schools would give him the chance to play in his freshman year. He is familiar with Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez since his cousin Je’Ron Stokes played for Rodriguez at Michigan. He loves the game-day experience, facilities and tradition at Nebraska. He took an official visit to Indiana in December.
“My first offer came from Indiana and that came after my freshman year when I played JV ball and started both ways,” Fitzpatrick said. “The next week I got offered by Ohio and Toledo.”
“I’ve known the coaches at Arizona for a long time, used to go to the BBQs back then at Michigan. I think coach Rodriguez is a great coach, went to the Pac-12 championship game a couple of years ago. I think it would be a perfect opportunity to start as a freshman, being a big guy like me, 6-2 or 6-3, and they don’t have a receiver over 6-foot on their current roster.
“Really, the whole game atmosphere at Lincoln (Nebraska) is great. I think they have 270 consecutive sellouts and that’s crazy. The facilities are great. I’ll end up at the place I feel is the best fit for me.”
DETROIT NEWS BLUE CHIP COUNTDOWN
No. 6 Desmond Fitzpatrick, Waterford Mott (undecided)
No. 7 Demetric Vance, Detroit Cass Tech (Michigan State)
No. 8 Michael Jordan, Plymouth (Ohio State)
No. 9 Cedrick Lattimore, Detroit East English (Iowa)
No. 10 Trishton Jackson, West Bloomfield (Michigan State)
No. 11 David Reese, Farmington (Florida)
No. 12 Brandon Randle, Battle Creek Central (Michigan State)
No. 13 Josh Jackson, Saline (Virginia Tech)
No. 14 Martell Pettaway, Detroit King (West Virginia)
No. 15 Brad Tanner, Romeo (Western Michigan)