Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep four-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick committed to Alabama,…
Commitment Impact: CB Minkah Fitzpatrick
Committed Over: Minkah Fitzpatrick committed to Alabama from dozens of offers, and was focused on Alabama, Miami, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and South Carolina before making his decision. Rated: Fitzpatrick is rated as a four-star cornerback and ranked No. 10 at the cornerback position in the class. On Film: Fitzpatrick is the No. 10 cornerback in the nation, so it's pretty easy to figure out his talent is off the charts. At 6-foot, 190 pounds, the Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep has the length and size Alabama coach Nick Saban wants in his cornerbacks. Fitzpatrick has the complete package. He can play physical, come up to the line of scrimmage and impact the run game, or play press coverage and stymie receivers. He also is fluid in his back pedal and can drive on balls thrown in front of him, and also turn with fluidity and run down the field, or across it, to cover a receiver. Fitzpatrick's size also allows him to match up and play against bigger receivers, and he has the change of direction to stay with smaller receivers. When it comes to defending the pass, Fitzpatrick high-points the ball and does a very good job tracking it. He stays on the hip of the receiver and has a good feel for staying close. He understands how to attack the ball while keeping his hands off the receiver. Recruiting Impact: Fitzpatrick's commitment came during a busy Saturday for the Crimson Tide in which four prospects committed (and all four-star players), and pushed Alabama to the top-ranked class in the 2015 rankings. Fitzpatrick is was joined by cornerback Calvin Ridley of Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch in committing during the spring game, although Ridley likely will begin his Alabama career as a receiver. The Crimson Tide also have commitments from a trio of projected safeties – Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch's Shawn Burgess-Becker, Lovejoy (Ga.) High's Montrell Custis and Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark's Deionte Thompson – but will continue to look for a few more cornerbacks. Alabama is recruiting Missouri City (Texas) Marshall five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield and Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage four-star Tavarus McFadden and Georgia commit Rico McGraw of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth. Quotable: ""Coach Nick Saban is one of the greatest coaches. Coach Kirby Smart is a great defensive coordinator. He moved to the defensive backs spot, and he has a good reputation coaching that spot. I love the scheme they play; fast and physical." Final Thought: Fitzpatrick has length, runs well, has good acceleration and can stay hip-to-hip on receivers down the field. He is natural in his backpedal and drives well toward the ball. He also turns his hips quickly and comes in and out of breaks. He should be an elite cornerback, and one who could play early at Alabama.
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