Season Wrap-up: Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick was expected to star solely at quarterback this fall. However, the North Carolina commitment ended up lining up all over the field for Pittsford (N.Y.).

"I pretty much played every position," Fitzpatrick said. "I played quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, fullback, defensive line, linebacker, and free safety."

Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, did play quarterback more than any other position. But he was moved to key positions in certain situations.

"Basically, it's whatever they need me to do," Fitzpatrick said. "Like one game it was raining pretty hard, so they moved me to fullback, so I could lead block – I'm one of the better blockers on the team. In some formations I'll [line up at] running back and they'd give me sweep plays. [They put me] at quarterback so I could throw the ball or run the ball, D-line for containment reasons, linebacker for spies or if [the opponent] had a good quarterback, and free safety just for coverage."

With Fitzpatrick as the keystone, Pittsford posted a 4-4 record and lost in the Section V Class AA quarterfinal game.

"We had big plays in the beginning of games, but we wouldn't carry it over throughout the whole game," Fitzpatrick said. "We would play in spurts. We never played a complete game."

Fitzpatrick believes the jack-of-all-trades usage will help him on the collegiate level.

"I'm raw," Fitzpatrick said. "And it's a good thing because I don't have anything, like techniques, set in stone at tight end to carry over to the next level."

UNC's offense utilizes two different tight ends – a "Y" (tight end) and an "H" (hybrid back).

"I'm at 230-235 [pounds] right now," Fitzpatrick said. "I'll probably be 250 by spring ball by putting on 15 pounds in the winter [strength and conditioning] program. So I'm probably going to lean more towards the ‘Y' position – it's more of hand-on-the-ground and intermediate routes."

Fitzpatrick will graduate from Pittsford Mendon High School in December and then enroll at UNC for the spring semester.

Due to his early enrollment, Fitzpatrick took his UNC official visit in mid-September.

Fitzpatrick plans to return to Chapel Hill during the weekend of Nov. 14. That Saturday UNC hosts Miami.

"It's mostly just to go down there because I love being around Carolina," Fitzpatrick said. "That was the next day I could go down there, so I took advantage of it."

Back in February, Fitzpatrick verbally committed to Maryland. Six months and a Chapel Hill visit later, he switched his commitment to UNC.

"Honestly, it just was the environment at North Carolina [that made me switch]," Fitzpatrick said. "I felt the love for the team.

"And overall, [I like how] the community supports the program and the school and the opportunity that's presented after school."

Helping UNC's cause tremendously was Allen Mogridge, UNC's tight ends coach and Fitzpatrick's primary recruiter.

"He had a lot to do with [my decision], but I didn't want to pick a school because of a coach because they could be gone in one day," Fitzpatrick said. "He did have a huge factor in it. He was the first one to offer me [when he was] at Buffalo and we stayed in contact ever since October of last year."

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