I had a good first football weekend in the Sunshine State, as I had a chance to watch live two good games loaded with talented prospects in this class as well as 2016 and 2017. I evaluated well over two dozen kids and the recruit that arguably had the top performance was Miami bound defensive end Scott Patchan.
Patchan played his first game for Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy after recently transferring from Tampa Freedom. Simply, he was outstanding for four quarters and made plays all over the field. Patchan made plays behind the line of scrimmage. He pressured the Godby quarterback. Patchan chased plays down on the opposite end of the field. Again, this kid was everywhere.
On the surface of things Patchan looks a bit on the small side for the position he plays. We have him listed at 6-foot-5, 228-pounds, but I don’t think he’s that big. But boy does he play big.
It all starts at the snap of the ball for Patchan. He has a tremendous get off. Patchan has a very quick first couple of steps and can get up field and around the edge very quickly. He did this on two or three occasions on Saturday night where he just blew right by the Godby offensive tackle. A few times he took on and beat fellow Hurricane pledge [offensive tackle] Brendan Loftus (No. 75 in the video below].
More than anything, what makes Patchan so darn good is that motor of his. He plays like his hair in on fire and at warp speed on every single down. And that’s from the snap of the ball through the whistle. I love seeing that in a player. Simply, Patchan is relentless play after play after play. He’s impressive and fun to watch.
Patchan is quick, athletic and a good, sound tackler. He’s physical and athletic. Certainly he needs to fill out and get bigger and stronger. He needs to learn to play with his hands better and with better technique in general. That should all come in time.
If I am Miami and Al Golden and that coaching staff, I am elated to bring in a high energy defender like this. He’s going to have a chance to make a ton of plays for the Hurricanes.
Patchan, a three-star recruit, is the No. 39 ranked defensive end in the country. Check out some of his highlights below against Godby from Saturday night.