The class of 2015 cornerback prospect out of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep camped in Tuscaloosa over the summer and impressed several of the Alabama coaches. The offer didn't come in then, but contact with the staff never slowed.
"I was really happy," he said upon learning of the news Wednesday evening. "I've liked Alabama's program for a long time.
"Coach [Mario] Cristobal has stayed in contact since I camped there."
The ace recruiter re-iterated what Saban and company like about the 6-foot, 180-pound four-star.
"They said they really like my film a lot and you know they have told me before my size," Fitzpatrick said. "The kind of player I am on and off the field."
The Alabama scholarship offer, one of more than a dozen that he sports on his list, may go a long way.
"They will be up there because I like the academics, athletics and discipline." he said. "That's what I was able to see when I was there. I'm taking some trips in February and April, after that I will be closer to a decision.
"I know South Carolina and Ohio State (are also standouts), I am visiting Florida State next month. I also had Penn State up there when [Bill] O'Brien was there but all of the movement lately...I have to reevaluate it all."
New offers, coaching changes and visit plans usually push back decision timetables, but Fitzpatrick is thinking of committing sooner than he once was.
"All along I had thought at Under Armour game, but the process is a lot different when your going through it," he said, hinting at getting it done sooner to focus on other things. "If I'm sure before my senior season (I'd commit) so I can focus on that and help bring in a strong class wherever I go."
Fitzpatrick is considered the No. 10 cornerback prospect in the class of 2015 on Scout.com and No. 70 overall prospect among the nation's juniors, regardless of position.