Michigan was in a great spot for Mission Viejo (Calif.) 4-star OT Jarrett Patterson a week ago.
The former Arizona State commit visited the Wolverines on the same date as Shea Patterson back in December. He had multiple in-home visits from offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and had a lot of one-on-one talks with head coach Jim Harbaugh.
UCLA remained firmly in the mix as the in-state school he knows so well.
Then a Notre Dame offer-and-visit changed it all for the tackle that’s set to announce near National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
Now, following another unofficial visit to UCLA, Patterson has cut the Wolverines from the race, leaving it down to the Irish and Bruins.
Michigan’s gone down swinging on a lot of recruiting battles lately – and might be doing more of the same before NSD – so this news prompted a lot of fans to ask: What happened this time?
Patterson sent a message via text on Tuesday night to express why he’s left Michigan out of his final two.
“When I visited Notre Dame, even without the o-line coach, I realized I still really liked the school and what they had to offer,” Patterson told TWL. “I took a UCLA unofficial this weekend and it reassured me. I knew I had to cut one school out from the three – so I decided on Michigan. Coach Drevno is a great guy, and it was hard telling him the news, but he completely understood it and knows how the business works. It can be tough but it?s really what I think is best for myself in the end and I wish the best to the Michigan program.”
The bad news gets worse for Michigan fans, as the Wolverines had three recruits left on their 2018 board:
5-star OT Nicholas Petit-Frere – A pipe dream from the start that looks like a race that the almighty Crimson Tide of Alabama has in the bag now.
4-star LB Otis Reese – A?nearly 2-year-long commit who’s flirting heavy with his home state Georgia Bulldogs. For what it’s worth, my crystal ball is on the ‘Dawgs.
4-star OT Jarrett Patterson – You already know that news from this story.
Michigan fans can hope for Rice grad transfer Calvin Anderson to choose Michigan over Texas, but that’s a one-year fix.
A talented class for the Wolverines is shaped mostly by potential and upside as opposed to Jim Harbaugh’s first two classes that were star-filled and battling with Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia.