AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- From the Vento brothers to current Michigan sophomore football players Mario Ojemudia and Devin Funchess to current Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison high school has been the stomping grounds for several talented athletes over the years.
Playing for an undefeated junior varsity squad in 2012, just the third Hawks team in their history to go undefeated on the junior varsity level, 2016 wide receiver Dezmond Fitzpatrick is on track to be another high-level talent, already receiving recruiting interest from Michigan and Indiana.
“Michigan said that I was officially a 2016 recruit,” Fitzpatrick told GoBlueWolverine. “And Indiana, I’ve been on three visits so far so I’m getting used to them right now.”
So close to the Wolverines campus in Ann Arbor, Fitzpatrick admits he’s grown up with an affinity for the Maize & Blue.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Michigan ever since I was little,” said Fitzpatrick. “I’ve been going to games since I was six. Michigan has been the team for me.
“I used to work out with Devin (Funchess) every few weeks. He just keeps telling me how the practices are and how the coaches are and all that stuff.”
Recently competing in the Midwest Elite 7-on-7 Tournament at Avondale (Mich.) high school, Fitzpatrick showed well despite being undersized at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds
“I think I did well,” he said. “We just need to come together. There are a lot of new players that haven’t played with us so far.
“Individually I just need to get faster, stronger, bigger -- just the physical part.”
Fitzpatrick plays on both sides of the ball at Harrison but says he prefers wide receiver at this point, with both Michigan and Indiana recruiting him for offense.
Michigan has been in the school this spring and Fitzpatrick plans to camp in Ann Arbor this June, as well as several other camps on a summer visit tour.
“My hands, my routes – I think I’m a leader too,” said Fitzpatrick.