Fitzpatrick will celebrate the day with every football coach—rec league to high school—that he has ever had. He's just excited to make it all official.
"I'm just ready to become a Wildcat, to sum it up," Fitzpatrick said. "I've been waiting for a while for this."
But Fitzpatrick is fortunate to be in this position. He is just one of six long snappers in the 2012 class to play football on scholarship.
Fitzpatrick had received walk-on offers from each school he visited. He began receiving interest from Northwestern in the spring, and considered himself fortunate to have that. The offer, and commitment shortly after, was a pleasant surprise.
"I just thought I was very lucky to be in contact with Northwestern and to show my skills," said Fitzpatrick.
"I was so thrilled to get that full scholarship from Northwestern. It was great."
Just last week, Fitzpatrick hosted Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald at his high school. The two discussed Fitzpatrick's future at NU.
"I was thrilled to have him there," Fitzpatrick said of Fitzgerald. "I introduced him to everyone in the school. My coaches were loving it. I thought we had a great time."
Since his commitment in the spring, Fitzpatrick has stayed in contact with the other Northwestern commitments, and has spent time with Mike Hankwitz, his lead recruiter.
Fitzpatrick will be close to family in Evanston. His grandparents reside in the western suburbs of Chicago, while he also has an aunt and an uncle in the suburbs.
"It's great because when I'm not at home, I can still see them," he said. "It' not too far away."
Fitzpatrick was told by Pat Fitzgerald that he will redshirt during 2012. Current NU starting long snapper Pat Hickey will be a junior next season.