Future Bronco Wraps Up Record Setting Career

Dr. Phillips HS QB Nick Patti (Orlando, FL) wrapped up his HS career last Friday in a disappointing 49-13 loss to Plant, but has plenty to be proud of as he leaves a legacy unmatched in program history. The future Bronco is now the statistical leader in wins for a QB, yards passing, TD passes, & rushing yards for a QB. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about leaving a legacy and his future as a Bronco

Dr. Phillips HS QB Nick Patti (Orlando, FL) wrapped up his HS career last Friday in a disappointing 49-13 loss to Plant, but has plenty to be proud of as he leaves a legacy unmatched in program history. The future Bronco is now the statistical leader in wins for a QB, yards passing, TD passes, and rushing yards for a QB. Those accolades speak for themselves at a program with the history and tradition of Dr. Phillips.

"It's great to leave a legacy," he said. "It's awesome to be on that list of great players we've had, but it's good that I've been around the program. I started playing in Pop Warner when I was seven years old, but to go out on top like that and be one of those guys at the top of the list is really awesome."

"Obviously, playing in the state championship was the highpoint of my career," he stated. "The one thing I'll reflect on and miss the most is the guys I played with. I've played with a lot of these guys since I was seven. It was like the same thing every year, we had that chemistry. We were like a big family. That's something we can hold on to and be happy to have."

"Plant is annually good," he said. "Going in, we knew it would be tough. The playoffs are just tough in general, but I had confidence we could win. A lot of stuff just didn't go our way. We have played in big games before and won them, but we didn't play well against them."

So, what's next for Nick Patti?

"Starting tomorrow, I'm going to go back and train with Tom Show. He was the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Patriots when they won two Super Bowls," he said. "He's kind of like my uncle. Starting tomorrow, I'll be right back out there trying to get faster and stronger."

Patti says the workouts consist of "everything."

"It's everything," said Patti. "I'll go in the weight room, we'll lift, upper and lower two days a week, and then we'll do some speed training. He works with me a lot on my mechanics as well."

Patti's in-home visit with Head Coach Chris Petersen is scheduled for December 7th.

"I spoke to Coach Pete on Sunday," he said. "Obviously, that was right after our game, so we talked a lot about the loss and he gave me some advice. He said he couldn't wait for me to be a Bronco. We just talked about what's next and set-up my in-home visit for December 7th."

"I'm excited, super excited to have him here and show him Florida," said Patti. "That will be a lot of fun. He said he's going to come by himself, but Coach Pease will be coming in early January. I think it's right after my All-American Game."

"I'm 100% committed."

Patti will enroll at Boise State for the spring semester and has his schedule ready to go as he registered for classes just a couple weeks ago.

"January 15th is when I leave," he said. "I have my whole schedule and everything," he added.

"I have thought about the adjustment and stuff like that," said Patti. "I think it's one of those things that I'll just have to take as I go, it's exciting and I can't wait."

Patti brings a new element to the Bronco offense. He runs a 4.49 in the 40, so the defense has to respect his ability to pull it down and take off up-field. At the same time, he says he can beat teams with his arm as well.

"I think that's one of the things they like about me," he said. "Joe (Southwick) can move around, Grant (Hedrick) too. I think I'm coming from an offense that does a little more read-option. I know I bring a different element with that. Other than designed runs, a different element of my game is escaping and continuing the play. I think there will be more read-option whether it's with me or someone else. They put (Chris) Potter or Grant back there when he's healthy. That's where they want to go with the offense."

"I think most of my game is passing," said Patti. "I can move, but when I was being recruited I had to sell the fact that I could throw. Coming out, it was a little different for me, but I felt at the same time I could go somewhere that they didn't run the option."

Patti (6'0, 195, 4.49) also says getting a head-start on his career at Boise State will be beneficial for him in his development as a QB.

"I think that's the whole thing, great advantage," he said. "On the field is the biggest thing for me. You can be in the books all you want, but those practice reps are the biggest thing. It's an advantage and one I want to take advantage of. I'll be there before my class and then I can help them coming in. That's something that helps a lot."

So, what can Bronco fans expect to see from Nick Patti? Simply put, a passion for the game.

"I think I've always had a passion for the game," he said. "It was always more than a game for me, camaraderie, team work, and that stuff. I embrace the whole idea of a team, the whole brotherhood, and I play with passion. I do it for my teammates, try to be a passionate leader, and that's something to expect. I'm going to be really passionate for Boise State and not just for myself."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Nick Patti.




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