20 MI WR Christian Fitzpatrick Talks Michigan State
While West Bloomfield (MI)2020 wide receiver Christian Fitzpatrick already holds six offers, he could be on the verge of seeing his recruitment take off in the near future as he’s already established himself as one of the top receivers in the state of Michigan.
Fitzpatrick recently talked about his recruitment with Spartan Nation and said that he’s having fun with the recruiting process so far, but remains focused on improving his all-around game.
“I’m definitely enjoying the process,” he said. “I enjoy grinding every day, trying to be the best player that I can be.”
Among Fitzpatrick’s six offers are offers from Illinois, Boston College, Indiana, Syracuse and Louisville. Fitzpatrick’s older brother, Dez Fitzpatrick, currently plays for Louisville.
While he doesn’t hold an offer from Michigan State as of yet, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver remains in contact with the #15 Michigan State coaching staff and has taken visits to East Lansing throughout his recruitment.
In his trips to Michigan State, Fitzpatrick said that he’s come away impressed with what the campus and the program have to offer and also noted that he has also enjoyed getting to know wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel.
“They’re a really, really good program,” he said. “Just the facilities and everything, I can just tell that they’re a prestigious program. The coaching staff is really knowledgeable – coach Samuel, I can tell he’s a great coach.”
The standout receiver also added that a potential offer would be a big deal for him, but wants to stay grounded and take care of things off the field and in the classroom.
“That would be big,” said Fitzpatrick, who also plans to camp at Michigan State this summer. “But I’m making sure that I stay on the ground and be ready to go to a school like that because nothing really matters if I can’t go there.”
Fitzpatrick was a part of a loaded receiving group at West Bloomfield in 2017, playing alongside Taj Mustapha and A.J. Abbott, who both signed with Wisconsin as well as 2019 wide receiver Tre Mosley, who is also a Michigan State target.
Fitzpatrick said that playing alongside those talented receivers as well as going up against a talented West Bloomfield defense every day in practice has definitely helped improve over the course of his time at West Bloomfield.
“It does,” he said. “I get a lot of reps in practice doing my best against those guys and I did pretty well just developing every day in practice and getting the opportunities that I get and making the most of them.”
The standout receiver also credited his head coach at West Bloomfield, former Michigan star receiver Ron Bellamy, for helping him continue to improve as a wide receiver.
“Coach Bell, he’s a really good coach, he’s a receiver coach,” he said. “He has a lot of knowledge and I’m just picking up every little thing that I can throughout practice and games.”
With Fitzpatrick and Mosley ready to step into the spotlight as West Bloomfield’s top receivers in 2018, Fitzpatrick said that he and Mosley are close and later added that he could see the two of them playing together at the college level.
“We’re very close, I see him every day,” he said. “We’re like best friends in school, I talk to him every chance I get. We’re very close.”
“I haven’t really given that any thought yet,” Fitzpatrick added. “Everything is an option, we’re really good friends. I could see playing with him.”
But with the college level over two years away for Fitzpatrick, he admitted that he still has plenty that he wants to work and improve on to continue improving as a wide receiver.
“Just being able to change my routes on the fly and knowing what the DB’s doing,” he said. “And get bigger, stronger and faster and being more explosive physically. I want to be dominant on the field.”
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