Among the first to commit to the University of Louisville's 2016 recruiting class, Desmond Fitzpatrick, a Scout.com four-star wide receiver, was looking forward to making the trip for the Cardinals Junior Day this weekend until inclement weather forced the postponement of the recruiting event.
"I was really looking forward to coming back for a visit and seeing all of the coaches again," Fitzpatrick told Cardinal Authority. "I was kind of disappointed when it canceled, but those things happen. We're going to schedule another time to come for a visit."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver, who is a member of the Scout 300, visited and pledged to the Cardinals last October and has remained firm with his decision since. In addition to Louisville, others such as Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, Wake Forest and others extended scholarship offers to the Farmington (Mich.) prospect. Last week he added home state Michigan to his list of offers.
"It was kind of surprising because I wasn't expecting it," said Fitzpatrick, who picked up the offer from new Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh during an unofficial visit for a basketball game. "When he told during halftime that they want me to be part of their new offense it did surprise me. It was exciting to get an offer from someone who is coaching guru."
Fitzpatrick grew up a fan of the Wolverines, admittedly wearing Michigan clothing throughout middle school, but he approaches his future with a different mindset.
"First, we haven't seen how things will be at Michigan and what the offense will be like," he explained. "I'm going to their spring game in a few weeks to check it out."
How does the scholarship offer from a childhood favorite effect his current commitment?
"I'm committed to Louisville and I'm looking forward to going back to visit with the coaching staff again, I really like it there," he explained. "I'm not sure right now if it will or not, but I still have another year and a half to make sure of everything."
As a junior, Fitzpatrick had 32 catches for 511 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 16 yards a catch. He has 66 catches for 1,025 yards and 11 TDs in two seasons.
Louisville also recently extended a scholarship offer to teammate and close friend David Reese, a three-star linebacker, who will visit U of L with Fitzpatrick on the soon-to-be rescheduled visit.