More from Patton on Visit

The #13 quarterback prospect in the nation, <b>Chase Patton</b> from Missouri, visited UCLA last weekend, and talks more about the visit...

After visiting UCLA unofficially while in Southern California for the Elite 11 Camp last summer, Columbia (Missouri) Rock Bridge quaterback Chase Patton (6-5, 210) returned this past weekend for his official visit.

"It was great," said Patton. "I was out there for the Elite 11 Camp, but this was better because I got to hang out with the players and talk with the coaches, and see how the team meetings were. It was just a great experience."

Patton was hosted by fellow Missouri native and UCLA freshman linebacker Aaron Whittington.

"Aaron was real cool to hang out with. He told me about his recruiting experience, and how even though it was far away for him, it was a good fit. He was real helpful."

Patton came to town on Friday, and spent that evening staying at the Ritz-Carlton with the team, then at the Century Plaza on Saturday night. "We stayed with the team on Friday night, and the hotel was nice. We watched how the players prepared the night before a game," said Patton.

The highlight for Patton was walking into the locker room at the Rose Bowl before the game, and seeing a locker set up with his name on it, and a jersey with his number and name on the back of it. "It was pretty cool to see that. We wore our jerseys during the game," said Patton. "The Rose Bowl was awesome. It was just amazing seeing it in person."

Patton also spent some time with Matt Moore and Drew Olson on Friday, eating lunch with them. "Drew and Matt were real cool too. I ate lunch with them on Friday, it was the first thing I did and they answered some questions I had."

With two other QB recruits in this weekend, Matt Tuiasosopo and Erik Ainge, Patton anticipated some awkwardness, but said it worked out well. "I thought it would be weird with us all there, but it turned it good. I know Matt from the Elite 11, and Erik was real cool. We hung out and that was better than I thought it would be."

This was Patton's first trip and he will be on the road again this weekend, going to Tennessee for his second trip. He'll take Thanksgiving weekend off from visits, but will resume with trips to Iowa, Kansas State and Missouri in that order the first three weekends in December.

Patton completed his season, an 8-2 year that didn't even get Rock Bridge into the playoffs. His final numbers were 179-for-279 for 2,622 yards and 30 touchdowns.

He hopes to make his decision sometime around Christmas break.


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