Fitzpatrick 'Strong' W/Louisville, Talks U-M

Farmington (Mich.) 2016 WR Desmond Fitzpatrick talks MVP performance, Louisville, Michigan interest and more.

SAGINAW, Mich. – Farmington (Mich.) 2016 wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick was one of the top players in attendance at Camp Pride’s combine on Sunday. He dazzled many onlookers with his speed and tremendous footwork throughout day, earning camp MVP with his performance.

“It felt pretty good,” he said. “Because I had to do the senior camp, too. My dad wanted me to do both. I came out and competed and I went against the best defensive backs out there.”

At 6-foot-2, 187-pounds, Fitzpatrick says he came in this off-season a much stronger, faster version than previous years.

“I have been working my footwork,” he said. “ Last off-season was completely ruined because of my knee. So I was kind of scared a little bit to stop on a dime because my knee was always hurting. Now my knee is completely fine. I can did everything to get my speed back, my footwork back and my explosiveness is back.”

Currently, Fitzpatrick is committed to Louisville, and admits other schools are showing interest. However, he was adamant that his loyalty is with the Cardinals.

“I definitely still strong with Louisville,” he said. “But I am also getting strong interest from other schools. But I always stay in touch with coach [Bobby} Petrino. I have a strong love for Louisville.”

Ranked the No. 193 player in the Scout 300, one of Fitzpatrick’s potential suitors could be Michigan and its newly hired coach Jim Harbaugh. And is Harbaugh were to reach out, Fitzpatrick said he would listen.

“I would feel honored because he is an NFL coach and respected my talent,” he said of having a possible conversation with Harbaugh. “But I am pretty set with Louisville right now.”

If Michigan came with an offer, would there be interest?

“I don’t think so,” he said. “There is no turning back.”


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