Patchan picks up Notre Dame offer

Junior defensive end Scott Patchan of Tampa (Fla.) Freedom talks about his latest offer from Notre Dame.

Notre Dame dipped into the familiar state of Florida to offer junior defensive end Scott Patchan of Tampa (Fla.) Freedom.

"I had been talking with Coach (Tony) Alford this past week, and was hoping the offer would come through," Patchan said. "He said they really like my high motor, get-off, speed and passion. Coach Alford didn't say anything otherwise, so I'm assuming they are recruiting me to play defensive end."

"Notre Dame is a great school," Patchan said. "They have great tradition and are a very established program. They have had some great prospects come through, and I always enjoyed watching Michael Floyd play."

Patchan is now up to 10 offers, with Florida and USC joining Notre Dame as offers coming in the month of November. Patchan listed Nebraska and Florida State as two other programs that could be close to offering. He has visited USF this season, but plans to take a large tour of colleges this spring.

"My dad and I are going to see a bunch of schools this spring," Patchan said. "I want to see all the schools on my offer list and a few others I've been in contact with."

Patchan does not have any favorites currently, but he's going to be adamant about finding a program with a coaching staff he trusts.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end credits his motor has his primary strength on the field.

"I never stop working," Patchan said. "I let my instincts take over. Whether it's getting behind the line of scrimmage for a tackle for loss or tracking a guy down from behind, I'll do whatever it takes." Top Stories