The offensive tackle spot in the 2018 recruiting class has been a bit of a mystery. Nebraska thought it had its man in 3-star Chris Bleich from Plymouth, Pennsylvania, but he committed suddenly to UCLA in June. There have been other targets surface here and there but Nebraska hasn't sent out many new offers.
That’s changed a bit recently though and the latest offensive tackle offer went out yesterday to 3-star Jarrett Patterson. The Arizona State commit (6-5, 285) is from powerhouse Mission Viejo High School in California, which has produced a number of Division I football players including Mark Sanchez.
It’s interesting to see how long teams stay in contact with prospects before offering so I asked Patterson how long he had been in contact with Nebraska.
“I have been in contact mostly with Coach [Todd] McShane talking about my interest and things like that the past week. I spoke on the phone today with Coach [Mike] Cavanaugh and Coach [Mike] Riley and they made the offer.”
Surely Nebraska is trying to get Patterson on campus for a game but with a committed prospect, it is always tricky to pull off. Still Patterson has definite interest in visiting campus, but he's not sure of a date yet.
"I prefer to take my officials after the season but I would really like to see the atmosphere in Lincoln on game day," he said. "One of the best and most loyal fans in the country."
Patterson’s team is 7-0 and ranked 20th nationally. He also says that he is currently open to all options and UCLA has also offered recently.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.