When Rutgers became the first Power 5 program and Big Ten school to offer Nick Patti, the Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional quarterback originally planned to decide in May.
Then an explosion in his recruitment changed everything.
With offers across the country from the ACC to the Mountain West and on a list of 16 schools, Patti pushed back his decision timeline.
However, he is in the process of closing in on his top choices.
“It’s just been a really fun process,” Patti said. “We’re kind of narrowing down a little bit, and hoping to get it done in June. I haven’t really cut many of the schools out, but just seeing who else offers and what goes on there.
“We’ll play it from there, but I’ve got a couple of schools that I like.”
Patti, the No. 7 quarterback in the East, received his latest offer last Thursday from Pittsburgh, where he said he visited two months ago.
The Panthers represent one of the schools the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Patti hears from the most.
“I’m definitely hearing from Rutgers a lot being the home school, Toledo a lot,” Patti said. “Boston College, here and there. Pitt a lot, since they offered me a couple of days ago.”
When it comes to Rutgers, Patti made his attraction to the in-state Scarlet Knights clear.
With proximity and early competition two factors in his decision, Patti knows he has the opportunity to check off both at Rutgers.
“It’s about a 40-minute drive from my house, and my mom and my parents want to see every game of my college games,” Patti said. “So that would make that a lot easier. Also, they’re in the Big Ten. You’re getting the best competition in the Big Ten, and you definitely see that they’re on the upslope and they’re doing a good job there from that season they had last year. You can tell that they’re on the rise.”
Patti said offensive coordinator Jerry Kill has been transparent with him from the start of his Rutgers recruitment.
“He’s a great guy, and he’s been straight up with me with everything,” Patti said. “He’s telling me what he wants from me, asked me what I want from them and kind of given me the rundown on what they do and what he’s done in the past.”
After he met with Kill and the Rutgers staff on his visit two weeks ago, Patti hit Boston College and Dartmouth on a visit circuit through New England.
“It’s kind of cool to see what they’re doing with their practices,” Patti said. “I got to watch a couple practices, and sit in on some quarterback meetings to kind of see what I would be doing if I were to make that decision to that school. So that was cool, and that kind of helped me out in the process to see what I would be doing and where I would be at.”
While Patti plans to see through his options and zone in on top choices from there, he has no concrete visits set. But when he does decide, he said he would make sure he does his due diligence.
“There are a couple of schools I want to check out, and it’s tough because there’s no official visits when you’re a junior,” Patti said. “So when money becomes involved, there’s a couple of schools you can’t really see. … I don’t really know where I’m going to visit yet, but definitely somewhere local and a couple of schools in that area. I’ll definitely figure it out.”