at least it's not just us?
Nick Patti is a 2012 quarterback prospect out of Dr. Phillips High in Orlando. He was just up in Ann Arbor with his teammate Demetrius Hart, and I caught up with him to see how it went. Take a look at his highlights first, and then the questions.
TOM: How did this visit come about? What made you decide to go up there?
NICK: I got a hold of Coach Smith, and they invited me up there to get the recruiting thing going. I decided to invite Demetrius up with me, since he's on their radar too. We just kind of made it a good thing, and made it a good trip.
TOM: You're only a junior to be, so I imagine you haven't seen to many campuses yet. What were you expecting to see in Ann Arbor, and what did you see?
NICK: You're expecting to see a lot of tradition, and you're expecting to see a lot of stuff that makes Michigan, Michigan. That's exactly what we saw. We saw everything that makes that program special, a lot of things that mean a lot to the program, and saw that it would be something cool to be a part of.
TOM: Run me through the two days that you had there. What all did you get to see?
NICK: The first day we headed right over to Schembechler Hall, and we got to see the weight room, locker room, the practice facilities, and then the Big House. The Big House is really something special. That was all on the first day, so we did a lot. The second day we kind of took our time, and slept in a little. We headed back to Schembechler Hall and met with Coach Smith. He talked offense with us, and what they try to do offensively. We talked for about two to three hours with him about football, and then he took us around for a bit. We got a lot done in a short period of time.
TOM: A lot of people come away impressed with the coaches when they meet them, what was your impression?
NICK: You meet the coaches, and you meet Rich Rodriguez, and when ever you meet a head coach you're meeting an important person. But, he's so down to earth. You can talk to him about anything. With Coach Smith it was all about business, but you still feel really comfortable. It's really easy to be around all of them.
TOM: Your dad was up there with you, did he feel the same way?
NICK: Yeah, my dad liked it. He was very impressed with the facilities, and how new everything was. He's basically on the same page as I am.
TOM: When you were talking to Coach Smith about the offense, how was he saying you fit in? Did he try to compare you to anyone?
NICK: With my size I'm sometimes compared to Tate (Forcier). He compared me to Tate, Denard, and Devin all mixed into one at some points. It really just all comes down to intangibles, and who can make the decisions. They have a set characteristics and intangibles that they want their quarterbacks to have.
TOM: You said with your size, how tall are you right now?
NICK: I'm 5-foot-11, and I weigh 185-pounds.
TOM: You're young, but how do you see your recruitment playing out? How do you want to dictate the way your recruitment goes?
NICK: I've heard from a lot of schools early, and I'm going to take some visits and see what I'm going to see. I don't want to drag it out all. I don't want to say I'm going to end it as soon as possible, but I definitely don't want to drag it out.
TOM: So if you think you'll decide relatively quickly, do you have some schools that stick out right now?
NICK: Michigan is definitely a school that sticks out. Oregon, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Florida State are all schools that stick out right now. I'll probably have a better idea as things get more serious.
TOM: On a non football note. Were you close with Ricardo Miller when he was at Dr. Phillips?
NICK: Yeah, I was pretty close with Ricardo when he was here, and we still have a good friendship. We're real close, so it was good to see him, and have him up there.
TOM: What's next from here? Are you going to try to make it back up to Michigan any time soon?
NICK: Coach Smith wants me to get up there as much as possible. We're planning on going up September 4th, for the first game against U Conn. I think that's our plan right now, and we'll try to get up there again as soon as possible.
UMHoops.com reports on several expected (and one confirmed) offers to 2012 recruits today.
It turns out that 15 June following a recruit's sophomore year is by NCAA rule, the first day that coaches can contact such recruits and by NABC guideline, the first day that offers should be made to such recruits.
Dylan's post indicates that many, if not most coaches ignore the NABC guideline on offers to rising junior and younger recruits, but John Beilein -- the chairman of the NCAA Basketball Ethics Committee -- "...refuses to officially offer any prospect before June 15th following their sophomore year..."
Here are the prospects who are expected to have received offers today:
- Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (6-foot, G, Park Tudor, IN)
- JaVontae Hawkins (6-foot-5, G/W, Flint Powers)
- Gary Harris (6-foot-3, G, Fishers, IN)
- Matt Costello (6-foot-8, PF/C, Bay City Western)
- Alex Murphy (6-foot-8, PF, St. Marks)
- Ray Lee (6-foot-2, G, Romulus)
And in this follow on post, Joe Stapleton does a Q&A with Harris and learns that he has indeed received his offer.
Has Michigan offered you yet? I just picked up an offer from Michigan today.
What’d you think [of your recent Michigan visit]? I liked it a lot, it’s a great school with a lot of tradition.
Did you get to meet any of the other coaches? I know Jackson just left and LaVall Jordan is taking his place. Me and LaVall, we already had a good relationship. And the other coaches I have a good relationship with, too.
How do you know LaVall Jordan? Well, he used to recruit me at Iowa, then when he didn’t have a job for a certain amount of time we would always talk, he would come to some of my games and stuff.
So it appears the LaVall Jordan hire is already paying dividends.
Here's Stapleton's take on Harris:
Whenever I talk about Harris, I have to remind myself not to drift into hyperbole, but it’s hard sometimes. He’s really, really good. He was the best player in the tournament in my opinion. One of the major reasons for that was his consistency. He didn’t just play well for a half before the other team figured him out. He didn’t just whup on all the bad teams. He carried a U16 D-3 Heat team that was playing up to a 17U championship. He had some help, but he was clearly the best player on the court in every game he played. The thing is, every team knew this, keyed on him, and still couldn’t stop him.
Here's their story on Harris with video of him playing with his team at the King James Classic back in April.
Ohio sophomore Myles Hilliard has already started to garner attention from college coaches. Recently hired head coach, Sean Williams, has been around the block, and says Hilliard is one of the best he's coached. "Myles is a walking warrior. He's already 6-foot-6, and 240-pounds. He wears an 18 1/2 size shoe; his parents haven't been able to buy him shoes at the store for the past two years," Williams said.
Hilliard has been playing both left tackle and defensive tackle for Bedford, but Coach Williams says he's best suited for the left tackle spot at the next level. "With his long arms, his quick feet, and the punch he has, he'll be best for the offensive side. He's versatile enough for both, but we're only going to play him in situations on defense. I don't want him to be a jack of al trades, and a master of none. If he can master that tackle spot, he'll be more valuable to a college program," said Williams.
When comparing Myles to other players, Williams gave a comparison to a former Bedford player, recently drafted to the NFL. "Rodger Saffold played at Bedford, and then Indiana, and I think Myles has a chance to be better than Rodger. Myles has longer arms, and he's a little bit faster than Rodger. I was shocked at how well he can move at his size."
Since I can't find any film on Myles, here's film of Rodger Saffold, for Indiana, going against Brandon Graham:
Some of the schools and coaches already showing interest in Hilliard have been Toledo, Wisconsin, and former Michigan player Tyrone Wheatley, from Syracuse. "When Coach Wheatley came down, he was in awe of what Myles could do. He was shocked," Williams told me. One of the teams that sticks out to Myles at this point, happens to be Michigan.
Coach Williams actually at one point said Myles reminds him, up to this point, of former Wolverine Pierre Woods. "He is actually hoping that Pierre will be at one of the camps he's going to. He really wants to meet him," said Williams. "Myles loves Rich Rodriguez, and loves the style of offense they play, even back to West Virginia. Michigan is a school that he talks about a lot. At the National Underclassmen Combine, Myles was talking to some of the high school coaches that were from Michigan about the University of Michigan."
Hilliard will be in Toledo on June 5th, to attend their big man camp, and both he and Coach Williams will try to get up to Michigan's summer camp, as well.
Extra - Here's a video of Myles talking to a local station about a concussion he suffered recently.
Enough Already OSU!!! They already got one of the best DE in the country from Toledo Whitmer in their 2011 class. Now they are going after his teammate DE Chris Wormley (6'6 250) for their 2012 recruiting class.
He grew up a Wolverine but RR needs to get on this kid fast because everyone else in the country will be on him soon enough!!