Fitzpatrick Stays Hot

Although only a sophomore, Jersey City (NJ) St. Peters Preparatory cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is already racking up the offers. In the last two weeks, Fitzpatrick has been offered by Ohio State, Miami and Wisconsin, which came this week.

Wisconsin is trying to make its mark on new regions around the nation, but the state of New Jersey hasn't been unfamiliar territory to running back coach Thomas Hammock.

Recruiting the state, especially Jersey City (NJ) St. Peters Preparatory, since arriving at Wisconsin, Hammock's latest target - sophomore cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick – is one of the best young players on the coast.

Finishing the year with 36 carries for 476 yards and six touchdowns on offense and 21 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and two interceptions on defense, Fitzpatrick caught the eye of Hammock, who visited his school on Monday.

"I wasn't able to get out of class to see him, but I was told to call him up," Fitzpatrick told Badger Nation. "He said that the defensive back coach liked my highlight film and that they really wanted me to come there, so they would like to offer me a scholarship. I was really excited about that and blessed at the same time to get the offer. I just very excited.

"I would always watch Wisconsin on the Big Ten Network and I noticed they are very upbeat. They just always have a good season no matter who they play. I have seen how they train you and I'm impressed by that. You can't forget their great academics, too."

Recruitment for the highly-touted defensive back had been slow but picked up over the last two weeks. Holding offers from Rutgers and Connecticut, Miami and Ohio State have joined the race.

"The last two weeks have been crazy for me with all the things coming in towards my recruitment," Fitzpatrick said. "I don't have a leader or top list. Originally I didn't know (Wisconsin) had interest in me, but I plan on doing a visit to Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all on one trip this summer."

Only a sophomore, Fitzpatrick comes in at a great size for corner at 6-0, 180-pounds and knows how to use the skills that he has got.

"I know you would see my physicalness at the line of scrimmage when I am jamming the wide receiver," he said. "I could run with anybody on the field with my speed and my hips. Most people don't expect corners to come up and hit, but I like to do that a lot. I want to be known as the side that quarterbacks know not to throw at."

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