Should We Consider Chris Patrick a Solid Commit?

Chris Patrick answered that question Thursday night, with Signing Day less than three months away.

When asked whether Badger Nation and The Insiders should consider Chris Patrick a solid commitment, Patrick said yes.

"I'm pretty solid on Wisconsin," Patrick said. "Keep me as solid. That's the way I feel about it."

Patrick's coach has told other sources he is not a firm commitment, but Patrick had an explanation for that. He was aware his coach was telling sources he was not firm, but that's not really the case.

"I usually tell my coach if the reporters call, limit the information, because a lot of stuff can get twisted around," Patrick said.

Patrick has been encouraged by his parents to take a visit to Purdue, but Patrick said he wasn't sure if he would go. The only official visit on his calendar is Dec. 6-8 to Wisconsin.

Patrick, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end from Ithaca High School in Michigan, is practicing basketball now that Ithaca's season came to an end with a 28-14 loss in the first round of the playoffs.

"We had a great shot to win it. I still think we're the better team," Patrick said. "We won our conference (7-3), the third one in a row. So I had a great career of football. Unfortunately it had to end that way. I really think we still could have been in it, even up to now. Even though we had a good season, I didn't fulfill the goals that I wanted to have this year."

Patrick is now preparing for the Dec. 10 tip-off of his senior basketball season, his third on the varsity roster.

"I'm the biggest guy on the team. We have a lot of guys that play golf, and there are only one or two football players on the team," Patrick said. "We have a lot of skinny guys that can run pretty well, but against a bigger team I take the biggest guy."

Patrick said the Wisconsin coaching staff is happy that Patrick is involved in basketball and track.

"They want me to keep busy. Basketball is always good for bigger guys. It teaches them footwork. They run a lot, they keep busy. They like the fact that I play basketball," Patrick said.

Patrick said he is going to work extremely hard during his last two seasons of high school sports, because he doesn't want to have any regrets and he wants to enter UW in top shape.

"I'm getting ready for next year because it's a totally different atmosphere in college compared to high school," Patrick said. "My brother told me the biggest difference is speed. I just want to get bigger, faster and stronger for next year, to be in the best shape I can be. Because once you get to college, they work the hell out of you, running and lifting. I'm going to work hard to get ready."

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