Making a name for himself

Matt Patchan played in 27 games at Florida before transferring to Boston College, where he was voted to the All-ACC second-team as a senior.

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Scott Patchan, Matt's little brother, is a defensive end at Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla.

Several schools have offered the three-star junior, including Clemson, Boston College, Miami, Ole Miss, UNC, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee. Running backs coach Tony Elliott recruits the Tampa area for the Tigers.

"That was like my fifth offer, I believe, if I'm right. I found out from coach Elliott. We've kept in contact through Twitter and Facebook, all those social networks, just kept a good relationship," Patchan told CUTigers, during an interview earlier this week.

Clemson has a shot at landing the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end prospect, even though he hasn't been to Tigertown for a visit.

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"I'm very interested in Clemson as I am every other school," Patchan said. "It's a good program, obviously, just won the Orange Bowl with a good defensive stand in the last minute or two against Ohio State. Great way for Tajh Boyd to end his career with a win, very impressed with that."

Several coaches have been by Freedom, including Clemson, which sent coaches by last Thursday morning and again on Tuesday. Aside from the combine and camp circuit, Patchan hasn't set any plans.

"I'll probably visit all of the schools that have offered me, plus a few more that are showing interest," he said. "There are supposed to be a few more schools coming by this week, so we'll see who they are, and we'll go from there."

During the fall, Patchan visited Boston College for his older brother's senior night. He also went to Florida and USF.

He has no favorites.

"I'll probably cut it down to 10 after spring and then go from there," Patchan said.

In six games as a junior, he had 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks. Top Stories