Patti Blown Away by Michigan

Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips QB thought he had an idea of what Michigan was about… but that was before he actually saw it. The c/o 2012 dual threat signal caller made his way to the Great Lake State with teammate Dee Hart Thursday and Friday, and while there the Maize & Blue blew all of his preconceived notions out of the water.


Sam Webb:  So tell me Nick, how was your first Michigan experience?

Nick Patti:  "It was first class.  It was different than I expected it to be.  I had a great time.  It definitely opened my eyes a little bit."

Sam Webb:  Different how? What did you expect it to be?

Nick Patti:  "I expected it to be somewhat… it is not just ordinary, but I did not expect it to be too flashy.  It was really modern.  We got to see all the new renovations and it was a lot more flashy and modern than I thought it would be to be completely honest."

Sam Webb:  You obviously got a chance to spend some time with the quarterback's coach, Rod Smith.  Take me through that; what did he talk to you about and what did he say to you?

Nick Patti:  "We had a chance to sit down with him this morning, for however long we wanted to.  We watched a show on Michigan, and we just talked about their offense and how they do things and concepts and how they want things done.  That's kind about what we talked about, and he just kind of picked my brain and I picked his brain.  We just talked football."

Sam Webb:  What about Coach Rodriguez, did you get a chance to spend any time with him at all?

Nick Patti:  "We did.  We got a chance to spend a lot of quality time with coach, and we sat down with him, and he was a real down to earth cool guy.  He is calm and he is a real good guy.  I really enjoyed spending time with him and getting to meet him."

Sam Webb:  I know you are still a year away from being hot in the recruiting fire like Dee Hart, but did Michigan talk to you about where you sort of fit into the mix very early on in the recruiting process?

Nick Patti:  "I had talked to Coach Smith about that.  We had talked on the phone before a little bit, but we kind of sat down again and talked about it.  Obviously, I'm a sophomore and I can't really get offers or this or that.  We talked about the quarterbacks that are there, the quarterbacks that are coming in, it looks like…he wants to see me this year and he said he just wants to see tape this year and as I get eligible for that kind of stuff, we'll talk more and more. I felt good about it.  I felt good about where I stood there and obviously, I talked about if I have a future there or if I have a possibility of going there.  We talked about it and we'll see how it goes."

Sam Webb:  So let's talk about you for a second.  For the people who haven't seen you play, imagine for a second you're a scout and you're sitting up in the stands and you're watching yourself on the football field, sort of break down your game for me.

Nick Patti:  "I'm a quarterback that is going to throw first and then if need be, I'll use my feet.  I think I have a lot of weapons that surround me, that I have at my disposal that I can use in different ways and I can break you down in different ways, according to your team and how you play us.  I think there is a lot of different ways that teams can play us, but we're just a different kind of player."

Sam Webb:  What other schools are you hearing from and which ones have you visit thus far?

Nick Patti:  "I have only visited Florida State and Michigan formally.  Kind of walking through and seeing everything, but schools that I've heard from and shown a lot of interest, Michigan, Florida State.  I think I'm going to Florida State soon to throw.  Georgia Tech has shown interest, North Carolina I think I'm taking a visit there this summer as well for those guys.  That's four.  UCLA has shown interest, Oregon has shown interest.  I've got a lot on the radar and we'll just see as time goes on and I get a little bit more eligible how those things pan out."

Sam Webb:  Back to Michigan, while you were there, did you get a chance to spend any time with the current quarterbacks, Denard (Robinson), Tate (Forcier) or any of the players for that matter?

Nick Patti:  "I met Denard and I also met Devin (Gardner).  I did not get a chance to meet Tate.  We watched them run through their seven on seven work out, and we met them and just kind of hung out with Denard for a little bit.  We did not spend too much time with them, but we met them.  It was a good experience meeting those guys.  I really think Denard is a real good player.  I saw him play on tape.  It was cool."

Sam Webb:  Away from the actual practice field, just hanging out around town, since you guys are there overnight, did you get a chance to hang out with any of the players?

Nick Patti:  "Ricardo Miller is there from our old school, so he is just an old buddy.  He kind of took us around and showed us the school and introduced us to a whole bunch of guys.  We were around town a little bit and we had fun there.  We hung out with him and he kind of just took us through it."

Sam Webb:  If you had to pinpoint something that stood out most about the visit, whether it was a conversation or a person or a place; what would it be?

Nick Patti:  "They are little things that pop into your mind, but I think the number one thing that I've never seen it or experienced it was the Big House -- and it is a Big House.  It is awesome, big.  I'm sure it gets loud.  The renovations are awesome.  I think that is the one thing.  The Big House just pops out at you.  When you walk into that place when it is empty, you're just saying to yourself, I can't imagine what this place is like with a 110,000 or 112,000 people screaming."


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Sam Webb: So tell me Nick, how was your first Michigan experience?

Nick Patti: \"It was first class. It was different than I expected it to be. I had a great time. It definitely opened my eyes a little bit.\"

Sam Webb: Different how? What did you expect it to be?

Nick Patti: \"I expected it to be somewhat… it is not just ordinary, but I did not expect it to be too flashy. It was really modern. We got to see all the new renovations and it was a lot more flashy and modern than I thought it would be to be completely honest.\"

Sam Webb: You obviously got a chance to spend some time with the quarterback's coach, Rod Smith. Take me through that; what did he talk to you about and what did he say to you?

Nick Patti: \"We had a chance to sit down with him this morning, for however long we wanted to. We watched a show on Michigan, and we just talked about their offense and how they do things and concepts and how they want things done. That's kind about what we talked about, and he just kind of picked my brain and I picked his brain. We just talked football.\"

Sam Webb: What about Coach Rodriguez, did you get a chance to spend any time with him at all?

Nick Patti: \"We did. We got a chance to spend a lot of quality time with coach, and we sat down with him, and he was a real down to earth cool guy. He is calm and he is a real good guy. I really enjoyed spending time with him and getting to meet him.\"

Sam Webb: I know you are still a year away from being hot in the recruiting fire like Dee Hart, but did Michigan talk to you about where you sort of fit into the mix very early on in the recruiting process?

Nick Patti: \"I had talked to Coach Smith about that. We had talked on the phone before a little bit, but we kind of sat down again and talked about it. Obviously, I'm a sophomore and I can't really get offers or this or that. We talked about the quarterbacks that are there, the quarterbacks that are coming in, it looks like…he wants to see me this year and he said he just wants to see tape this year and as I get eligible for that kind of stuff, we'll talk more and more. I felt good about it. I felt good about where I stood there and obviously, I talked about if I have a future there or if I have a possibility of going there. We talked about it and we'll see how it goes.\"

Sam Webb: So let's talk about you for a second. For the people who haven't seen you play, imagine for a second you're a scout and you're sitting up in the stands and you're watching yourself on the football field, sort of break down your game for me.

Nick Patti: \"I'm a quarterback that is going to throw first and then if need be, I'll use my feet. I think I have a lot of weapons that surround me, that I have at my disposal that I can use in different ways and I can break you down in different ways, according to your team and how you play us. I think there is a lot of different ways that teams can play us, but we're just a different kind of player.\"

Sam Webb: What other schools are you hearing from and which ones have you visit thus far?

Nick Patti: \"I have only visited Florida State and Michigan formally. Kind of walking through and seeing everything, but schools that I've heard from and shown a lot of interest, Michigan, Florida State. I think I'm going to Florida State soon to throw. Georgia Tech has shown interest, North Carolina I think I'm taking a visit there this summer as well for those guys. That's four. UCLA has shown interest, Oregon has shown interest. I've got a lot on the radar and we'll just see as time goes on and I get a little bit more eligible how those things pan out.\"

Sam Webb: Back to Michigan, while you were there, did you get a chance to spend any time with the current quarterbacks, Denard (Robinson), Tate (Forcier) or any of the players for that matter?

Nick Patti: \"I met Denard and I also met Devin (Gardner). I did not get a chance to meet Tate. We watched them run through their seven on seven work out, and we met them and just kind of hung out with Denard for a little bit. We did not spend too much time with them, but we met them. It was a good experience meeting those guys. I really think Denard is a real good player. I saw him play on tape. It was cool.\"

Sam Webb: Away from the actual practice field, just hanging out around town, since you guys are there overnight, did you get a chance to hang out with any of the players?

Nick Patti: \"Ricardo Miller is there from our old school, so he is just an old buddy. He kind of took us around and showed us the school and introduced us to a whole bunch of guys. We were around town a little bit and we had fun there. We hung out with him and he kind of just took us through it.\"

Sam Webb: If you had to pinpoint something that stood out most about the visit, whether it was a conversation or a person or a place; what would it be?

Nick Patti: \"They are little things that pop into your mind, but I think the number one thing that I've never seen it or experienced it was the Big House -- and it is a Big House. It is awesome, big. I'm sure it gets loud. The renovations are awesome. I think that is the one thing. The Big House just pops out at you. When you walk into that place when it is empty, you're just saying to yourself, I can't imagine what this place is like with a 110,000 or 112,000 people screaming.\"

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