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2020 three-star TE Nick Patterson flips from Michigan to Princeton

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It was a matter of time.

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Michigan’s 2020 class lost a commitment on National Signing Day, as three-star tight end Nick Patterson flipped from the Wolverines to Princeton.

Patterson, the younger brother of former Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, committed to Michigan back in Sept. 2018. But doubts of him ever playing at Michigan began to grow after he visited Memphis in September. After he did not sign with the class in December — and took a trip to Georgia Tech not long after — it was all but over in this recruitment.

He never made a visit to Ann Arbor for the 2019 season, so this de-commitment was a long time coming. The fact he will receive an elite education while still playing football is a good ending to this recruitment, and we wish Patterson nothing but the best at Princeton.

Michigan now has one tight end in its 2020 class — three-star Matthew Hibner. With Nick Eubanks back, along with redshirt sophomore Luke Schoonmaker and sophomore Erick All, the position is in good hands at the end of the day.

There are also several guys in the 2021 class who are better than Patterson that Jim Harbaugh and company are recruiting hard early on, including Thomas Fidone, Brock Bowers and Moliki Matavao — all four-star talents.

The Wolverines ended up with the No. 14 overall class in 2020, per 247Sports’ composite.