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Christian Fitzpatrick, rated 4 stars by Rivals, commits to WSU

He has excellent size and profiles to the outside.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington State Cougars picked up the highest rated member of their 2020 class on Sunday when wide receiver Christian Fitzpatrick, out of West Bloomfield, Michigan, committed via Twitter. Fitzpatrick had been in Pullman this weekend on an unofficial visit.

Fitzpatrick, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 210 pounds, is a three-star recruit by 247Sports’ composite metric. However, Rivals is much higher on him than the other services: They rate him a four-star player and a top 50 receiver in the nation. The last such WSU recruit to achieve that designation was Jamire Calvin in 2017 (No. 31); Gabe Marks was No. 13 back in 2012.

The younger brother of Louisville Cardinals receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, Christian Fitzpatrick has a slew of offers from Power Five programs, including the Penn State Nittany Lions, Oregon Ducks, West Virginia Mountaineers, and others — including Louisville.

His Hudl video reveals a long-striding receiver who doesn’t much run away from anyone, but he uses his big body — over which he looks to have excellent control — to his advantage against smaller defenders.

Fitzpatrick is the third wide receiver commit in this class, joining Joey Hobert and Cedrick Pellum. However, he’s the first big body who is probably headed to outside receiver. The Cougars are likely in the market for at least one more outside receiver in this class.