Notre Dame is ‘different' for Patrick

Four-star running back Jacques Patrick will take a lot of visits this summer and he's been to two schools this week. The Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek standout visited Notre Dame Wednesday and he talks about it all right here.

Notre Dame has been in the top ten group for Jacques Patrick, but Wednesday, he was able to see it in person for the first time.

"It was a good day, I got to spend a lot of time with (running backs) coach (Tony) Alford. I got to hang out with some of the players like Everett Golson, Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant," he said.

"(Coach Alford) really just showed me his coaching ability this past visit, how he coaches guys up to get ready for the NFL Combine and stuff like that."

The four-star running back has been to several schools already throughout the process, but this Notre Dame visit stood out to him.

"It was a good experience. Notre Dame is a lot different from other schools. They have a different atmosphere. I only saw the football side of things this visit, but I thought it was good overall, it was very different," he said.

"It was just more substance than flash, I would say. The place, they're not really flashy with their stuff, they're more about business."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back does see a good fit for himself in the Notre Dame offense.

"The run a lot of inside zone type stuff, we run a lot of that at our school too," he said.

Patrick also visited Michigan earlier this week. He has some family in Detroit, so he's been able to have a nice trip to the Midwest.

"Michigan was good too. I spent two days there and had a really good time. I spent a lot of time with Wilton Speight, the quarterback. It was a good experience, I had a lot of fun," he said.

"They're both good, I don't want to give any comparisons or start saying which is my number two, my number three, and so on."

Patrick added that taking more visits has helped him to have more of a "clear picture" in his recruitment. The Central Florida standout plans to name a top five at The Opening this summer. Besides Michigan and Notre Dame, he has a top ten that includes Miami, Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCF, Auburn, and Alabama.

Patrick is not sure where he'll be next, but he said there's a good chance he'll be at FSU this weekend.

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