WESTLAND—Transferring from Farmington (Mich.) Hills Harrison after just one season, 2016 wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick made his debut with Farmington (Mich.) Thursday night in an exhilarating 48-39 shootout loss to the John Glenn (Mich.) Rockets.
For Fitzpatrick and the Falcons, moving on quickly is paramount as they prepare for an early season clash with Southfield in week two.
“We didn’t lose the game because of our effort,” Fitzpatrick told GoBlueWolverine. “We lost the game because we didn’t play hard, I think, honestly. Next week we have Southfield so most of our minds are just on Southfield right now.
“We’re just looking into the future, not the past right now. That game is behind us and we’re looking to work hard and have good practices for our week to play well against Southfield.”
Fitzpatrick didn’t take long to assert himself as a true playmaker and weapon on the outside for Farmington, sprinting up the middle of the John Glenn defense in soft coverage to make a two-handed grab over his shoulder, in stride, for 66-yards that setup the Falcons with their second touchdown of the game.
“When that play broke I was thinking coach was going to call it again but he didn’t,” Fitzpatrick said laughing. “But it was a great throw by my quarterback Kyle Collins, he’s a junior this year.”
Recently taking a trip to East Lansing to visit Michigan State and new recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell, Fitzpatrick said the trip went well and that good news could be coming soon from the Spartans on his next visit.
“I’m going to the Michigan State/Indiana game,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think that’s their homecoming game, I’m not sure. Coach Blackwell told me that if I play well in this game that I’m going to receive an offer from Michigan State, so we’ll see.”
Also looking to earn an offer from Michigan with a productive fall on the gridiron, Fitzpatrick isn’t wasting any time making his way back up to Ann Arbor, attending the Wolverines season opener against Central Michigan on Saturday.
Fitzpatrick, who has already built a strong relationship with the Michigan staff, is hoping to get a better feel for what life might be like on game day in the Maize & Blue.
“(I’m) just (looking at) how they prepare for the game day and how the coaches are during game day, during pregame and see their intensity,” Fitzpatrick said.