Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2018 OL Jarrett Patterson Will Give Notre Dame A Look

January 10, 2018

Notre Dame is looking for another offensive lineman to fill out the 2018 class and Mission Viejo (Calif.) standout Jarrett Patterson‍ is the latest to get an offer from the Irish. 

Area recruiter Brian Polian had been building a relationship with the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder for the last couple months, but held off on offering the three-star prospect until he had decommitted from Arizona State. 

“They said they didn’t offer guys that were committed, but after I decommitted from Arizona State, he had watched my film and discussed it with the staff,” Patterson told Irish Sports Daily. “They got back this week and talked about me. I talked to coach Polian on Tuesday night, and he offered.” 

With National Signing Day under a month away, it might be late to send out an offer, but Patterson related well to Polian’s message on Tuesday night. 

“He said he knows it’s late in the process, but it wasn’t too late to come check Notre Dame out to see if I wanted to be part of the program,” stated Patterson.” 

The Irish do have an uphill battle as the California native does have a top two and it’s going to be tough to make a move, but Notre Dame will at least get a shot. 

“My top two schools are still Michigan and UCLA, but I’m planning on taking an official to the 20th or the 27th of January to Notre Dame,” said Patterson. “If I fall in love with it, then it could turn into a top three.” 

Patterson admitted Michigan and UCLA have prestige like Notre Dame, but the relationships he’s built at the schools over time are extremely important to him. 

“They have a rich tradition and all good academics schools,” Patterson said of his top two. “I have great relationships with Michigan and UCLA. I have strong relationships with the offensive line coaches at both schools.” 

Enter Harry Hiestand. 

Hiestand will get a chance to impress Patterson on his official visit, and that relationship will be vital heading into his decision. 

“I’m looking for a coach that has experience and has been coaching for a while,” explained Patterson. “I want to relate to a guy. I don’t have a personality I’m looking for in an offensive line coach, but as long as I can relate to him, that’s all that matters.” 

On his visit, Patterson will look deeper into the program than just football. He wants to experience life as a student and see how the team interacts with each other. 

“I am looking at campus life and how the students interact with the football players,” stated Patterson. “I want to talk to the head coach and see how the offensive line guys bond together.” 

Regarding a decision, Patterson will make one shortly after his visit to South Bend. 

“It will most likely be the week after I take my official visit to Notre Dame,” said Patterson. “It will be before National Signing Day.” 

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