Michigan fans have seen a consistently dominant defense over the past few years. With Don Brown and the young talent on that side of the ball developing well, fans are now hoping for an improved offense to help the team become a national contender.
The addition of Shea Patterson to the quarterback room provides added depth to an already talented young group that helps solve that problem on paper and film at least. The other unit that needs the most improvement is the offensive line.
One of the several recruits in Ann Arbor this past weekend was four-star offensive tackle Jarrett Patterson from Mission Viejo, California. Much like the Ole Miss QB transfer with the same last name, Jarrett Patterson could go a long way toward helping the offense.
2018 four-star OT from Mission Viejo (CA)— David Noe (@DavidRNoe) December 8, 2017
Ranked No. 16 by position, No. 31 in his state, and No. 216 overall (247Sports) https://t.co/Pt0Hm6WE6O
The 6-foot-5, 285 pound athlete has multiple offers out west, in addition Michigan and three other Big Ten schools. In fact, Michigan’s offer came not too long ago - on Oct. 30th.
Since then, Patterson has decommitted from Arizona State and taken an official visit to Ann Arbor. Maize n Brew caught up with Jarrett after his visit to see how it went and to learn what kind impression Michigan made on him.
“I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Michigan but I am glad I went on the official because it was amazing,” Patterson said. “The campus is easy to navigate and right next to the football facilities. Michigan really delivered.”
Jarrett also told us which players and members of the staff he had the chance to spend time with while in town. “I spent a lot of time with Coach Drevno and Coach Harbaugh throughout my trip. I was able to learn a lot about them and see if I wanted to play for them, which I would. At night, Ben Bredeson was my host and he was awesome. He showed me around town and I also got to meet regular students. Peter Bush and Quinn Nordin were there too and they were great.”
Being from out west, the visit provided him with the opportunity to learn about Michigan and what football culture is like in the Midwest “What I learned the most is how everything runs around the university,” Patterson said. “Football is so big around there and is a part of life. I also liked seeing regular students hangout with football players because that shows everyone is connected.”
Patterson also shared what it was like to see The Big House in person. “It was my first time seeing it and playing in an environment like that would be a pure adrenaline rush and be a huge advantage.”
He concluded with an overview of his recruitment process, and what will be most important when he makes a decision. “One of the most important factors is would I fit in with the guys around me and another is would I still go to this school if I wasn’t playing football. I believe I will commit in January and won’t announce a top because most already know that I am high on UCLA and Michigan already.” Patterson is scheduled to visit UCLA on Dec. 15th.
You can check out his latest highlights below.