Patrick Flavin loves the game of football because of how team-oriented it is. If you do not play as a team, your chances of having success decrease. The lineman from Lisle, IL has always played with a certain mentality:
"I believe in working together, and on the offensive line, we do that
all the time. If you have a good line, then your chances of
having big games on offense are going to be greater. Being a
lineman fits how I want to operate closely, and I think the chemistry
you develop with the other 4 guys is vital."
While Flavin claims to have no top 4 or 5 at this point in time, he
would not say that certain schools do not stand out.
"There are definitely a handful of schools that are popping out right
now. I hope to start compiling a shorter list later this summer,
but as of right now, I have my eyes set on several."
Which schools are getting the longest look from the offensive tackle?
UCLA - "I think Coach Neuheisel is a great guy, and I have had an
assistant at my high school a couple of different times. I hope
to make it out there this summer. There is a certain appeal there
because I would be playing on the west coast."
Cal-Berkeley - "I would like to visit out there this summer as
well. They have the west coast appeal too, and it is just a great
Miami (FL) - "They have not offered yet, but if they do, they will be
right up there. They have a lot of tradition down there, and I
like what they are doing."
Notre Dame – "My brother is a walk-on there, and I have had several
family members attend Notre Dame. It is one of the most famous
football schools out there, and the tradition is really neat."
There are numerous other schools involved with Pat's recruitment, and
some of them are from the Big XII.
"Kansas and Baylor have offered. Nebraska and OSU are talking to
me and they seem pretty interested."
Coach Reggie Mitchell is the lead recruiter for Flavin, and he
recruited him while he was still at Illinois.
"I like Coach Mitchell. He is a good coach and a good guy, and he
has been talking to me for a while now. Kansas is a team that is
being re-energized by Coach Gill, and they play in one of the best
conferences in the country. It is another school I would
The Jayhawks will be taking several linemen in this class, and it is
obvious that a player of Pat Flavin's caliber is someone who they would
like to add.
Being as tall as he is, the lineman from Benet Academy tries to mold
his game after two millionaires. These millionaires play on
Sundays, and they both have bright futures in the NFL.
"Jake Long and Joe Thomas are two tackles that are so much fun to
watch. They are both maulers, but they are both adept in pass
protection. They help dictate their respective lines, and I want
to do that more this next year. They are the quintessential
offensive tackles in my opinion, and they play with a high level of
Flavin wants to get back to the playoffs, he wants to do well on the
offensive side of the ball, and he wants to adjust to playing on the
defensive side as well.
"I have good athleticism, I do a good job of getting to the second
level, I think my footwork is there, and I can stick with those quicker
He wants to wear #72 or #75 in college, major in History or Political
Science, and picking out his greatest strength is not hard for him to
"In pass pro and in run support, I am a finisher. I love nothing
more than knocking someone flat. When you get near my zone, I
want you out."
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