When Matt Patchan (6-foot-7, 265 pounds) narrowed his list of schools down to eight, the Irish stood out like a sore thumb. Notre Dame was the lone northern school still under consideration and now the Irish are no longer in the mix.
"I talked it over with my family. I think ND is a great place, I just don't know if it's the place for me," Patchan responded when asked to confirm reports that he had eliminated the Irish from consideration. "My top five teams are LSU, Florida, Miami, Florida St. and Ole Miss."
"When we broke it down, I think that it came down to me wanting to play in the SEC or the ACC. Right now I think that is where the talent is. I'm not saying that Notre Dame doesn't play premiere talent, I'm just saying that playing in the SEC and the ACC will help me develop more as a player. It will push me and make be the best player that I can possibly be."
Patchan is one of the most highly sought after prospects in the country. While the Irish were interested in him as an offensive tackle, there are a number of schools that are recruiting him to play defensive end.