Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional quarterback Nick Patti wants to compete immediately and play close to home.
Rutgers offered Patti both opportunities, along with a scholarship, Tuesday afternoon in a phone conversation.
“They sat down as a staff and broke it down and [coach Chris Ash] said that every time they watched it, I got better from what they were looking at,” Patti said. “They watched it today and they all agreed that they wanted to offer me.”
Patti visited Rutgers for a recent workout and tour of the facilities. He spoke with Ash Tuesday about his offer and cites a strong relationship with coordinator Jerry Kill.
“I got to sit in on a quarterback meeting with coach Kill, which was awesome,” Patti said. “They brought me up to speed on what college offenses are like. That's cool to get a feel for that. I liked Rutgers a lot.
“I think I fit the offense pretty well. That was one of the big things they liked about me. It's pass first but they need quarterbacks that are able to move around and run. They do a lot of reads from the quarterbacks that we kind of picked up this year at St. Joe's a lot more. I like the way it works. I think I fit that.”
Patti wants to be in a passing offense but is not afraid of the ground game. He calls himself a “run when I have to” quarterback.
“I try to model myself as much as I can after Aaron Rodgers,” Patti said. “He has the ability to run when he has to.”
Patti holds seven verbal scholarship offers and thinks Pittsburgh could be close after a visit for junior day.
St. Joseph's recently sent defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins to Rutgers, a former teammate of Patti.
“I definitely want to stay close to home because my mom is a big candidate for that,” Patti said. “She wants to see every game I play in college, be in driving distance. I see Kevin Wilkins and he's killing it there. He's doing awesome.
“I'm trying to play as early as I can. I want the offensive coordinator to be the quarterback coach as well so I get to work with him as much as possible. I'm looking to put the ball in the air more.”
A planned business major, Patti wants to decide in May.