DL Set To Follow His Father to Miami

DL Set To Follow His Father to Miami

Not one, but two prospects issued verbal commitments to Al Golden's staff and the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon. After making the three-hour drive down to Coral Gables, 2015 Tampa (Fla.) Freedom defensive end and Miami legacy recruit, Scott Patchan, followed his father's footsteps and became the ninth commitment of the Hurricanes' 2015 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon.

It's been an emotional and life changing day for 2015 Tampa (Fla.) Freedom defensive end, Scott Patchan, who's currently in Coral Gables taking in the atmosphere at the University of Miami's annual spring football game.

Following the footsteps of his father and uncle, the pass-rusher out of Hillsborough County is the latest member of the Patchan family to end the recruiting process to become a member of the Hurricanes family.

"I love the direction their program is headed in and I felt extremely comfortable," Patchan told CanesTime.com. "I'm ready to be a Cane! There's been happiness and support from everyone!"

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive standout spoke with CanesTime.com earlier this week and had this to say about Al Golden's program.

"I really like a lot about Miami," Patchan said. "The fact that it's a program on the rise and where it's at, there's a lot to like about Miami. The coaches like my speed and ability to chase down the ball with my motor.

"They envision me at outside linebacker possibly during my freshman year and then maybe moving down to defensive end as I put on more weight. It just depends on my weight. Either way, they said I have a chance to come in and compete for a starting job and do very well."

With team camp quickly approaching this summer, Patchan is working tirelessly in the weight room to strengthen up his frame.

"I'm just staying in the weight room, eating a lot more, and working out," Patchan said. "Really, I'm just taking a lot of advice from my other brother.

"My goal is to be in the 245-240-pound range. I don't need to be the heaviest guy on the field to be the most disruptive. I'm just trying to get bigger, faster, stronger. I don't want to put on any bad weight. I just want to put on all muscle."

As a junior in 2013, Patchan amassed 56 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. The Tampa Freedom product also held offers from Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Mississippi, Tennessee and Clemson amongst others.

Patchan becomes the ninth commitment of the Hurricanes' 2015 recruiting class and the seventh from the Sunshine State.

Patchan also reports a 3.5 GPA in the classroom with aspirations to major in either Criminal Justice, Psychology or Sports Management.

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