Patchan Narrows It Down

Matt Patchan (6-7, 265, 4.7) is ranked as the fifth best offensive tackle in the country according to but he was simply a beast on the defensive side of the ball for Freedom High School. He tore the stats up with 99 tackles (27 for a loss), 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries while splitting time as an offensive tackle as well.

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He was a workhorse with a motor that did not stop. He even took his skills to the camp in South Florida where he was named as's MVP.


Patchan has received over 60 scholarship offers and had narrowed his list to eight schools last month.


This month, though, the 5-star prospect out of Armwood (Fla.) cut his list down to five schools.


"I recently decided to remove Notre Dame, Auburn, and Georgia from my list," Patchan informed. "So now my top five teams are LSU, Florida, Miami, Florida St. and Ole Miss."


What was it about LSU that made Patchan keep them in the mix?


"It is a great football environment over there," he explained. "The talent level at LSU is amazing. If I would decide to go there, I know I would have to compete everyday even with the backup players. Everyone there is strong and they have an incredible defensive line. I think coach [Les] Miles is doing a great job. I think he is 22-4 in his last two seasons. LSU has a bright future ahead of them."


Has he kept in touch with anyone from Tiger Country?


"Prior to the text messaging ban, I spoke with coach [Earl] Lane a good bit." Patchan said.


How does Patchan feel about the new text messaging rule?


"I think it is the dumbest thing ever," he said. "I mean when you think about it, what better way is there to build a relationship with a coach? And I do not get how some kids do not like it. All they have to do is pay like $4.00 for unlimited messaging per month. Most kids have that now-a-days anyway. Then it is up to the kids if they want to respond to a coach or not. Also, when they are in school they can turn their phone off as well as when they go to bed. It is all up to them because if they do not want to talk they do not have to."


What are Patchan's upcoming plans?


"I am ready for my senior season," he said. "I also want to make official visits to my top five schools for a game, but I am not sure if I will be able to make it to all of them though. One of my officials will be to LSU. I am sure of that."


When will his decision be made?


"I plan on graduating early so I can get a head start on my college career, so I will probably make my commitment either in early January or right after I graduate in December," Patchan said. 


Note: Patchan maintained a 3.4 GPA last school year and recorded an 1190 on the SAT.


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