Patrick: 'I love the way they're talking'

The nation's No. 9 ranked defensive end by gives his thoughts on where the Irish stand in his pecking order, and he previews an upcoming visit to Notre Dame.

Defensive end Natrez Patrick of Atlanta (Ga.) Mays was offered by Notre Dame earlier this month, and he's followed up with a summer date he plans to visit.

"I am going Notre Dame in June for camp," Patrick said. "I'm really excited to see it. I've heard a lot about Notre Dame. I know that it's a prestigious football program, and academically, it's elite."

Patrick, who was offered by Notre Dame to play outside linebacker, currently has a top three of Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. But, Notre Dame doesn't rank far behind the trio of Southeastern programs.

"Notre Dame is up there, right behind those three," Patrick said. "I would say they are in my top five. Notre Dame kind of offered me late, so I don't know a ton about them other than they have a rich history and tradition, but I love the way they're talking."

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound athlete sees a promising opportunity at Notre Dame to be an integral part of a defense.

"Just an offer from Notre Dame is crazy," Patrick added. "They definitely seem to want me and they seem me playing a big part of their defense. They like me as outside linebacker, both rushing the passer and dropping into coverage. Coach (Scott) Booker says that position makes the most plays on the field for Notre Dame. I'd love to fill those shoes."

Patrick plans to take official visits and decide this fall. He has visited Auburn thus far this spring, but he has no other immediate visit plans.

Patrick is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 9 defensive end in 2015. Top Stories