Elite 2015 DB takes in Tuscaloosa

Only a handful of underclassmen were invited to NIKE's The Opening and one of them checked out Tuscaloosa soon after in order to participate in Alabama's final camp of the cycle. Get inside for the latest on the elite rising junior.

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban is a well-known and universally accepted defensive mind. Getting deeper into it, the champion coach takes a more intimate approach with the defensive backs on his roster at Alabama.

With some first rounders to boast over the last handful of NFL Drafts, it's safe to say that Saban knows the position.

Potentially one of the best in the class of 2015 stopped by Saban's final camp this week to put in work with the staff en route to a possible scholarship offer.

"It went pretty good... I ran a 3.91 (second) shuttle, jumped 9.5 (foot) broad today," said Minkah Fitzpatrick. "This camp is the truth, I'm loving it."

The 6-foot, 180-pounder out of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep said there was "good competition" on the field - though you wouldn't konw it based on his 1-on-1 performance.

"Nobody yet," he said earlier this week in reference to players he's lost a rep to. "I didn't have any catches on me yet."

A source at the event told BamaMag.com that he was the most "consistent true DB" at the entire camp, which hosted nearly 1,000 high school prospects.

That was before he was clocked in the 40-yard dash.

"On the last full day I ran 4.4 forty," said Fitzpatrick. "They asked me and my family to meet with Coach Saban in his office he said I did a real good job but he needs to watch my film.

"Coach [Kirby] Smart told me they are gonna come to my one of my first games so we'll see I guess."

The rising junior already has over a dozen scholarship offers to his name, including an SEC extension from South Carolina. It was his first time in Tuscaloosa.

"Campus was beautiful getting to work one on one with Coach Saban was great I learned a lot in a short period of time," he admitted. "The staff was just as good what I really was impressed with was the academic support provided and Coach Saban. He reinforced that academics are really important there and that's a priority for me."

Fitzpatrick already has his academic plan for the next two years and beyond.

"I want to major in sports medicine," he said. "They have a good program. So does Miami (offered) and Penn State (offered). You do the athletic trainer degree first then get a master's in physical therapy.

"Other schools do a dual program."


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