That's what made the Wisconsin offer such a big deal to the 6-5, 230-pound lineman and that affection he has for one of his favorite players in the game might be a feather in the cap for the Badgers.
"J.J. Watt played for them and I want to be just like him. I mean I like everything about him," Patchan told BadgerNation, who said he got excited when he received the offer via a hand-written letter. "You can look at him as a player on the field or a person, but mostly he is just a dominant player. He is able to play the run extremely great and get after it on the pass rush. I'd love to be the next J.J. Watt or even just to become a Badger."
Patchan is ranked the No. 57 defensive end in the nation and a three-star recruit by Scout - who holds 23 offers at the moment. He intends on visiting many schools this summer and while he hasn't pinned down any at the moment, he knows when he would like to make a decision.
"I'm really interested in Wisconsin and they play in the Big Ten, so it is a great conference," said Patchan. "I do plan on visiting them, but I am not sure when. I will likely this summer. Distance won't be a problem to me at all.
"I don't have a top list yet. I do plan on committing to the school I chose this summer after all my visits. I will make a summer decision."