The Opening: Minkah Fitzpatrick Update

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick was one of the few class of 2015 prospects at The Opening, and he spoke with FOXSportsNEXT about the experience and his recruitment.'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) Minkah Fitzpatrick noticed right away he was a target at The Opening. In the first 7-on-7 competition of the tournament, opposing four-star quarterback Jacob Park went at Fitzpatrick time and again, and had success.

Then, Fitzpatrick realized he had to adjust to the speed and the mentality needed for the competition, and he wound up having a strong showing and helped his team, Field Generals, win the 7-on-7 title.

It also spoke to Fitzpatrick's enormous potential. He was one of a handful of class of 2015 prospects to participate in the event.

"It's going to make me 10 times better. It's a great experience," he said. "It's fun, it's exciting and we did well. It's a blessing I was asked to compete. It's really exciting when they called me up and invited me. I know I had to prove something that I can run with the older people.

"People were telling me, ‘Oh, you're so lucky. You get to come next year and do it two times,' which I definitely want to do. It's been great."

Fitzpatrick measured in at 5-foot-11 ½, 183 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds. He has very good length and loose hips to turn quickly, and he accelerates well.

However, he was in a secondary with five-star cornerback Adoree Jackson and four-star cornerback Adarius Pickett.

"At first, they were trying to pick on me," Fitzpatrick said. "But once they realized I'm good, they calmed it down a little bit. At first, they were like, ‘Let's pick on the young kid,' because we also had Adoree Jackson and Adarius Pickett on the other side."

When it comes to recruiting, Fitzpatrick had plenty of early option.

He was offered during his sophomore season by Rutgers, where he participated in a 7-on-7 last month and has visited several times, and now has Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Wisconsin, Miami, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia among his offers.

He is also planning to camp at Alabama (July 14) and visit Clemson and South Carolina later this month.

"I want to work with the coaches 1-on-1 and see how they are," Fitzpatrick said. "It's great and it's a blessing. I know there are kids out there praying for that one offer, and I'm a sophomore and I have 15 offers."

Fitzpatrick doesn't have any leaders, but he said the offer from South Carolina was memorable.

"It was my first SEC offer, and it's a great conference," he said. "I was happy I got that one. I was hearing they were really interested in me, and when my coach told me, I was really happy."

Fitzpatrick is trying to schedule visits to Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State, but is trying to settle on dates.

"I want to try and schedule a visit for the fall because I want to do a Midwest-type of tour," he said. "I wanted to do it this summer and also schedule a southeast tour with Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.

"Wisconsin, I want to get out there and visit. I heard it's a great college town. It's obviously a great football program and it would be nice to get out there some time."

One of his most recent offers came from Maryland.

"I heard it's a great campus," Fitzpatrick said. "I haven't talked to the coaches yet about scheduling a visit."

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