Michigan going after 3-star California OT Jarrett Patterson, current ASU commit

Submitted by markusr2007 on December 3rd, 2017 at 7:02 PM

With the coaching carousel still spinning, Michigan is trying to capitalize on OT Jarrett Patterson from Mission Viejo H.S. (Orange County, CA) - 3-star and current Arizona State commit. 



Senior video footage: http://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/jarrett-patterson/kx0MOfj5EeS-8KA2nzwbTA/videos.htm

Apparently Arizona State is going to finally announce Herm Edwards as new Sun Devils coach tomorrow, Monday, 2 December.

While this may only be a 3-star offensive lineman to some, I think UM fans should understand that Mission Viejo H.S. is one of the top premier high school football programs in the entire State of California  and dominant program in highly competitive Orange County (along with Mater Dei, Edison, De La Salle, Rancho Santa Margarita, etc.),

MVHS Diablos went 12-1 and finished ranked 6th in the state. Patterson was one of 3-team captains.

Offers: https://247sports.com/Recruitment/Jarrett-Patterson-102147/RecruitInterests






December 3rd, 2017 at 7:08 PM ^

You mean NTDLS (The De La Salle of Matt Guttierez and Devin Asiasi is up in The Bay, not down in the OC).


I like Patterson's film, shows pretty good mobility and strength for a 3-star. Looks like a typical Greg Frey RT.


December 3rd, 2017 at 7:23 PM ^

Sorry, but we just have to do better than piling up three star talent if we want to be consistently nationally relevant and compete most years for a Big 10 title. OSU is just cleaning our clock on the recruiting trail.

Sure, coaching blah blah, but Meyer et al can coach, too. And if you think we can beat their five star kids with our three star kids I invited you to review the last decade of what really isn't much of a rivalry anymore.


December 3rd, 2017 at 7:32 PM ^

I used to think like this but really if you look at how we have stacked up despite OSU recruiting in a different world than us, we have been a qb away from easily winning the last 2 years. Harbaugh new coach bump is wearing off and he will not be able to pull those elite recruits very often until we actually win something, he is going to have a lower rated class until it happens.


December 3rd, 2017 at 7:47 PM ^

Yes. Never mind that recruiting isn't all that matters. (If it did, Iowa wouldn't have "double nickeled" OSU this year.) UMich probably won't be able to pull multiple 5-star guys a la OSU until its winning percentage gets to an elite level.


December 3rd, 2017 at 7:58 PM ^

Iowa also went 7-5 this year so that might not be the best argument to make. A group of low-level recruits can get hot for one Saturday and pull off an upset. However, in order to be a consistent winner you have to be able to pull in upper echelon talent on a regular basis.


December 3rd, 2017 at 7:56 PM ^

That's speculation. It's nice speculation, but still just that.

The fact is 1-13 in the last 14 years. You can rationalize away the thirteen part in a thousand ways, but none of them changes it. One win in fourteen years is a steep explain as luck, lack of a QB, or statistical anomaly. With the exception of the Nineteen-aughts, there's never been a stretch like this between the two teams.

And I'll stand behind what I said: We just saw the second season in a row of terrible O-line play, and this one cost us two QBs (one of whom might, as speculated above, have won us the game). So no, I'm not celebrating news of another average OL prospect who'd verbaled to a lower-middling PAC12 school looking our way, while five-star OT Cade Mays decommits from Tennesse and lists OSU among his new three finalists.

We might get 1-13 to 4-10 like this, but not, I don't believe, to 7-7 or better.

Matte Kudasai

December 4th, 2017 at 3:33 AM ^

I know he had Jordan Howard at RB who now plays for the Chicago Bears.

It's amazing how a good RB can effect offensive numbers - see Higdon this year for us.

Howard was a pretty good college RB - an all american if I'm not mistaken.

Again, nothing against Frey, just trying to determine if he's worthy of all the praise heaped upon him around here.

I know he likes to recruit 250-270 lb tackles and add good weight instead of bigger kids who have to redistribute their weight.  I'm not sure if this is a strict adherence, but if so he's missing out on alot of future superstars and placing his faith in a lot of 3 star type recruits ie. Jalen Mayfield, Patterson...

IU also had Kevin Wilson calling the plays and an NFL QB in Nate Sudfeld.

It looks like in 5 years at IU he produced a couple of NFL backups in Feeney & Spriggs.

Keep in mind Kyle Kalis started an NFL game this year, Magnuson made the 49ers and of course Glasgow recently with the Lions.



December 4th, 2017 at 12:47 PM ^

No, actually, we cannot.

You think QB recruits don't look at the OL train wreck and the carnage wrought by it on Speight and Peters? Are we recruiting better on the OL? (no). Did the OL significantly improve through the season? (no) Do we have hopes of substantial improvement next year? (no, at least not rationally)


December 4th, 2017 at 3:09 PM ^

I thought they improved as well. Early in the year, the run blocking and the RBs didn't really mesh together all that well.


I thought Isaac ran behind the inside zone MUCH better than did the other two backs, Higdon especially.


But into October, they ran more gap and power, and I thought they really found a groove, especially after Ulizio was removed from the lineup. And we saw some real improvement in Higdon.


They struggled with stunts as a lot of teams do, and while losing Speight came at a time when the OL wasn't playing well, I didn't think that was the case with Peters; they got beat on a defensive play and Peters was hurt it seemed more from the defender using his weight on top of him to drive his head/neck into the turf.


I think there's a bit too much "doom and gloom" as it pertains to the OL. It's tough to really quantify what "drastic" or "significant" improvement means; it's too subjective. So people are going to define it as they want and use it to justify whatever they've already made up their mind to conclude.




December 3rd, 2017 at 7:58 PM ^

"If we had a QB" we would have beaten OSU.  That is the point.  If we recruited like OSU we would have a solid QB.  OSU recruits better than us, period, and pulls in top 5 classes year in and year out it seems.  They have better athletes (per recruiting rankings for what that's worth).  Maybe, perhaps, we wouldn't have to say "wait till next year"  if we could pull in the kids they do.  Imagine if we actually had a better game plan than our opponent and actually had athletes as good, or even better.  


December 3rd, 2017 at 8:02 PM ^

Other than the last 3-4 years of Carr's reign, where we had as good if not better talent than OSU, you could link every single loss in the last 10 years to the fact that Michigan has not been as good of a team as Ohio State.  Period.  OSU has had better players.  For most of the last 14 years, they have had better coaches.  Better players + better coaches= wins.


December 3rd, 2017 at 8:34 PM ^

For seven of those years we had the worst coaches in Michigan history. We owned OSU in the Cooper years. Last two years under Harbaugh we were competitive. While OSU plastered MSU, they were a play away from losing to Wisconsin, PSU and Michigan. This year's OSU team didn't get in to the CFP, for a reason despite all that talent. Going through the Nadir sucks.

I dumped the Dope

December 4th, 2017 at 1:48 AM ^

Osu is firmly on notice.  The last two years have been a razor's edge away from a different outcome.  Meyer's offense was built to attack what defenses lacked, but imo the entire conference has adapted to put speed on defense.  There isn't another JT barrett in the closet now.  They looked like super-IU (e.g. Kevin Wilson's IU) without Barrett.  Expectations are now sky high and my personal feeling is that U. Meijer isn't psychologically built to handle the adversity should the tide start to change for the better.

Tangential but why isn't Kevin Wilson in any coaching searches, is he truly damaged goods or was the A.D. at IU just looking to shorten his career there (ala Eichorst at Nebraska)?


December 4th, 2017 at 1:11 PM ^

Talent gap is negligible and closing. Development gap is smaller and closing. We'll find out how much in the coming year. I thought that we had a superior game plan this year.

And allow me to preempt a little bit: "the inertia is observably and demonstrably good" is different from "we suck as usual but wait till next year as usual"


December 3rd, 2017 at 8:34 PM ^

They've had a ton of early departures to the NFL. Saying we don't need 4 star/5 star players to win national championships is a bed time story Michigan fans like to tell themselves to sleep better at night. Look at our players that contributed this year. Long 4 star, Hill 4 star, Peters 4 star, Onwenu 4 star, DPJ 5 star, Black before injury 4 star, Crawford 4 star, Ruiz 4 star, McCray 4 star, Bush 3/4 that had offer from FSU, Cole 4 star, Gary 5 star, Solomon 5 star, Mone 4 star, Winovich 3/4 with offer from Ohio State, Walker 4 star, Chris Evans 4 star. Kugler and Kinnel are pretty bad so there's example of players that were ranked too high. Metellus was a 2 star and is easily the worst player on the defense. Hudson is a good player who was underrated. McKeon is a good player that was underrated. Karan Higdon was a 3 star and was underrated. Also Gentry was a 4 star. I have no idea why our recruiting is so bad after having excellent 2016 and 2017 classes. It might have something to do with Fisch and Wheatley being gone.


December 4th, 2017 at 9:58 AM ^

This is so tiresome.

Yes, as a general rule 5-stars are better than 4-stars, and 4-stars are better than 3-stars.

Yes, as a general rule we should be trying to recruit the best players at every position.

But sometimes there are no 5-star players who want to come to your school.

Sometimes there aren't even any 4-star players who want to come to your school.

Sometimes there are 3-star players who the coaches think are underrated--and equally good or better than higher-rated players.

Sometimes there are 5- and 4-star players who the coaches think are overrated, or not a good fit, or otherwise unlikely to do well in their programs.

Sometimes coaches make offers to lower-ranked players as contingency plans, in case a committed player flips or they don't land a higher-priority target.

I feel like anyone who reads this blog regularly probably already knows all these things. So why do so many people act like the sky must be falling whenever Harbaugh offers a 3-star recruit?


December 4th, 2017 at 11:45 AM ^

Then Harbaugh fields a team that goes an entire season without beating a team with a winning redord, losing all of the rivalry games and finishing worse than the previous 2 years.

Remember the narrative?  Harbaugh will never loose to Dantonio, will (at worst) break even with Urban, Big ten championship within 2 years, National championship in 3, QB guru, etc. blah blah blah.

Obviously the expectations were way over the top, but 3 years in while I can see progress and potential, I also see how we're still 1 or 2 key injuries from everything falling apart again.

Recruiting stars are one of the few (if only semi-accurate) ways to guage the effectiveness of a coaching staff and the overall health of a program.