Fitzpatrick 'Bama Bound

Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep four-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick committed to Alabama, and has the reasons why.

The chance to compete with the best players daily during practice and contend for a national championship led four-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick to commit to Alabama.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Fitzpatrick committed to Alabama during an unofficial visit Saturday, ending a three-year recruiting process. The Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep standout recently told he was talking the most with five schools – Alabama, Florida State, South Carolina, Ohio State and Virginia Tech – and his coach said a decision was made in the last few days to commit.

"He said he feels really comfortable about it," St. Peter's Prep coach Rich Hansen said. "I think the thing that drives him with ‘Bama is the fact he knows he'll be able to win national championships, and he'll be able to play at the highest level. I think he buys into that. He's a kid who desperately …I don't know if it's even healthy, but he has an unbelievable thirst for competition."

Even as a freshman, Fitzpatrick spoke about playing in the SEC, and once Alabama offered, it became too much for him to pass up.

"No. 1, it's Alabama," Hansen said. "You could name four or five schools that people consider to be in that category from a purely football standpoint, and the fact he has family there, and he said to me if he had time he would be able to go to his grandparents' house – they're about 40 minutes from Tuscaloosa – weighed in a little with him.

"Coach (Nick) Saban is coaching the secondary, it's Alabama and he'll have a chance to win a national championship, he'll have a chance to play at the highest level, and he certainly has the physical ability to do that."

And Hansen said Fitzpatrick's mentality of pushing hard to compete will allow him to fit in well with the Crimson Tide.

"I think when you go to Alabama, when you visit Alabama, when you walk into that environment, it's all about the business product of college football," Hansen said. "It's all about winning, and that's what playing at that level, by in large, is about."

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