Farmington (Mich.) sophomore wide receiver, Desmond Fitzpatrick has just earned his fifth division one offer and his latest offer comes from no one other than the Wake Forest Demon Deacons of the ACC.
“I’m really excited to get my 5th division 1 offer.” Fitzpatrick said. “Although I must admit, I was actually surprise when I got the news that Wake Forest offered me, mainly because I didn’t know that they were recruiting me. My dad told me that their offensive staff looked at my film today and really liked me and that Coach Hunter at Wake Forest knew about me back when he was at Bowling Green.”
“Overall, I feel that Wake Forest is big time program that plays in a big time conference and as soon as I got the offer, I did some research on the school and the staff. They have a new staff and seem to be excited. Plus, they are also very good academically and they run a pro offense.”
While Fitzpatrick says that he has is happy have gained multiple offers from schools like Cincinnati, Indiana, Ohio and Toledo and now Wake Forest, he says it’s to early for him to call favorites but he enjoyed his recent visits to Michigan, Indiana and Cincinnati.
“It’s really hard to say who I like the most at this point.” Fitzpatrick replied. “It’s so early in my process that I am just trying to focus on my game and get better. I know that I will have a tough decision to make in another year, so I want to be patient. Plus I know that coaching staffs of the schools that are recruiting and offering me, may change in the next two years, so right now, I don’t know.”
“I may not have any favorite schools right now on my list but I did enjoy my recent visits to Michigan, Indiana and Cincinnati. All three schools had different things that main them great. Indiana’s weight room was ridiculous, Michigan’s facilities were nice everywhere and Cincinnati’s campus and stadium were really cool. I had fun at every school that me and my family have visited.”
Although, Fitzpatrick is just a sophomore, he made it very clear that he plans to commit to a school before his senior year. He even provided some insight on what he will be looking for in a school when he finally decides to commit.
“I’m really having fun with the recruiting process, but I’m not going to wait until my senior year to commit.” Fitzpatrick said. “I want to commit kinda early, mainly so that I can use my senior year to focus more on school and getting ready to try to play as a freshman in college.”
“When it comes to what I look for in a school, they have a to have a good broadcasting program since that’s what I want to study. They have to play in a big conference, have a balanced offense or pass the ball a lot. The school should have a good wide receiver coach and run an offense that will help to prepare me for the NFL . They have to really want me to be there and like the things that I do on the field.”
However, until the time comes for Fitzpatrick to commit to a school, he says he plans to continue enjoying the recruiting process, starting with his upcoming visit to Michigan State this Thursday.
“I’m visiting MSU on Thursday.” Fitzpatrick replied. “Going into this visit, I’m looking forward to seeing more of their offense. I also want the coaches to see how much bigger I am than the last time they saw me during the season. Last time they saw me, I was 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, now I’m 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. Most importantly, I want them to know how hard I have been working.”
“Besides my upcoming visit to MSU this Thursday, I will also be visiting Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State this spring. After that, I also have a really big schedule for the summer that my dad is working on now.”
While there is no doubt that Fitzpatrick is enjoying the recruiting process, he made it very clear that his main focus is on getting ready for his upcoming junior season.
“Right now, I am working really hard in the weight room and on the track. My dad and I watch a lot of film of top college and NFL receivers and work on my releases, routes and other technical things.” Fitzpatrick said. “At this point, my goal is to be physically bigger, faster and stronger, but still quick and dangerous. By the time the season starts, I hope to be 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds but most of all, I want my team to go undefeated, win a state championship and for all of my teammates to earn scholarships!”
I don’t know about you but I think the future certainly looks bright for Desmond Fitzpatrick and with two more years of high school football ahead of him, Fitzpatrick can definitely expect plenty of more offers and we can definitely expect to hear his name more often, as he continues his high school career.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit