Minkah Fitzpatrick Planning Midwest Tour

One of the top defensive backs in the 2015 class is St. Peters (N.J.) Prep CB Minkah Fitzpatrick. After a busy summer on the camp circuit, including a stop at The Opening in Oregon, Fitzpatrick is hoping to see several schools this fall, including Michigan.

Already standing 6-0, 180-pounds, 2015 St. Peters (N.J.) Prep cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick has the elite size and length college coaches love out of the defensive back position.

Up to 15 scholarship offers including Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and South Carolina, Fitzpatrick continues to gather more information on several schools this summer.

“Right now I’ve just been calling up all the coaches that have offered me and talking to them and trying to connect with them,” Fitzpatrick told GoBlueWolverine. “I want to keep all of my options open right now.

“I’ve been talking to South Carolina, Florida and Alabama a little bit. I talk to them a little bit more than others. Rutgers also. Rutgers is the hometown team.”

Despite a busy summer camp schedule, Fitzpatrick is mixing in several unofficial visits to schools in the southeast this July, including the likes of Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.

Looking ahead to the fall, Fitzpatrick says he’s planning trips to a few Big Ten schools including Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan.

“I actually want to try to do a Midwest tour in the fall maybe or after the season,” he said. “Right now I’m doing like a southeast tour but hopefully I’ll get up to Michigan sometime soon.”

The Wolverines entrenched themselves in the recruiting race for Fitzpatrick in part due to the suggestion by 2014 Michigan defensive back commitment Jabrill Peppers, a fellow New Jersey native.

“We actually had a track meet and we were running against each other,” Fitzpatrick said. “We didn’t run in the same race cause they had the finals in two different heats.

“He’s just been telling me that it’s a great program and that they’ve (the Michigan coaching staff) never lied to him, always telling him the truth. That’s something that’s really important because everybody is just feeding you everything, feeding you what you want to hear. He’s a great defensive back so I know what attracts him, might attract me too.

“My coach has been telling me that they’re really interested in me.”

Looking back on his experience at The Opening in Oregon at the beginning of July, Fitzpatrick believes the competition should only make him a better player as he and his St. Peters teammates look to “get that ring” this fall.

“I did very well,” Fitzpatrick said. “The first game I had a little mess up that got me real focused, got me in it, and after that I was just doing what I had to do. I had a couple pass break-ups and things here and there. It was a great experience.”

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