Jacques Patrick already had a good idea of what Michigan was all about thanks to a memorable visit to Ann Arbor last summer. When he made his way back to campus for a two-day star he got an even better one. It was an experience that definitely made its mark.
“I spent a lot of time with the players just trying to get a certain feel for the place,” said Patrick. “Wilton Speight, Devin Gardner… a lot of them. I (also) spent time with Coach Nuss and Coach Jackson. They showed me a video of what they are going to be doing next year, and a video of what I’ve done in the past. They compared the two and showed me how I could fit in and stuff.”
“(Coach Jackson) said I remind him of (Tim) Biakabutuka.”
That’s high praise from a running back coach that has mentored a number of talented backs in his career, many at the same time. Biakabutuka was a member of a stacked backfield during his days at Michigan. Now thanks to the recent addition of USC transfer Ty Isaac, the Wolverines hope their on the verge fielding another deep stable of talented backs. That said, the downside of addition of another five-star prospect to the depth chart is it might serve as a deterrent to other recruits. Recruits not named Jacques Patrick that is.
“I’m not afraid competition. I just don’t see him affecting my opinion of Michigan.”
That’s not cockiness being exhibited by the four-star runner. It’s confidence. He has no qualms with stating his belief that he is the best, and he is more than willing to prove it. One day he might even be able to hoist college football’s most prominent trophy to signify such a distinction. While in Michigan Stadium he took a moment to practice the symbolic Heisman pose struck by a former Wolverine great on that very same field over two decades prior.
“I saw Desmond Howard’s #21 in the locker room,” said Patrick. “I looked at the guy showing me around and was like, ‘I should go ahead and take a picture and tweet it at Desmond and see if he would tweet me back.’ And he did.
“They were all tweeting me after the visit,” Patrick said. A lot of Michigan people were tweeting me to commit. Jabrill Peppers… a lot of them.”
The Sunshine State star wasn’t ready to heed that advice, but he is ready to make it abundantly clear that Michigan is far from a token presence on his list.
“(The visit) definitely improved their chances,” he said.
Patrick will officially narrow his list to five favorites at Nike’s The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon next month.
Stay tuned for more on Patrick in the coming days.