What to Like: At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Patchan already has ideal size for a major college defensive end. He has a big frame that should enable him to add a lot of good weight once he gets to the college level. He's extremely strong and powerful and can win a lot of one-on-one matchups because of it. That strength also allows him to play the run effectively. His motor never stops running and he's constantly causing problems in opposing backfields. In just six games as a junior in 2013, Patchan finished the year with 47 tackles and six sacks. He has ideal size, strength, a tremendous work ethic, and he's a very skilled football player who understands the game extremely well. He's also a Hurricane legacy (father and grandfather played at Miami) so losing his commitment later in the year is very unlikely.
What may concern you: As talented as Patchan is, he's not an elite pass rusher. At least not yet. He had just 2.5 sacks as a sophomore and his junior season was cut short due to an injury. He has 9.5 sacks throughout his prep career. And he's still very skilled at getting after the quarterback so it's very impressive when that is something you'd like to see him improve on.
Bottom Line: Some of Patchan's other offers are from schools like Florida State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame so he's being recruited like a 4-star prospect and one of the state's premier defensive ends. He's a very good football player whose chances of being a very steady player at the college level are very good. He became Miami's 8th commitment in the Class of 2015, their second defensive lineman (along with DT Ryan Fines), and the first defensive end. His commitment will likely stick all the way through since this is where he's always wanted to be. Patchan is Miami's second four-star pickup, joining tight end Bowman Archibald. By all accounts, this is an excellent commitment for the Hurricanes.