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Will Patti be Pitt’s Quarterback for Class of 2018?



Pitt’s search for a quarterback for the Class of 2018 has had many different levels to it.

For the last few months, we’ve told you about names such as Devin Leary, Carter Bradley, Matt Valecce, Chase Wolf and Kevin Doyle.

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All of those players received offers from and some chose to commit to other programs.

Leary to NC State, Wolf to Wisconsin and Valecce to Boston College.

Bradley and Doyle are uncommitted but Bradley has yet to visit Pitt and Doyle is still evaluating all of his options.

One other quarterback holds an offer from the Panthers and right now he just might be the leader in the clubhouse to become a Pitt Panther.

Nick Patti is a big, athletic quarterback from St. Joseph’s High School in Montvale, New Jersey.

Two weeks ago after getting evaluated by offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, Patti earned a Panther scholarship.

This morning while attending a Rivals Camp, PSN spoke to Patti about Pitt and his recruitment.

“I’ve been talking to Coach Salem, Coach Watson and Coach Narduzzi . The message has been that they want to see me and that they want me to come back up there because I haven’t been there since mid-February and I want to get back up there because they’re very high on my list,” said Patti.

“The coaches definitely want to come see me again and they tell me that they like my quick release, that I have the ability to run when I have to and stuff like that.”

“I believe that Coach Watson wants to come see me again, maybe next week. Hopefully he can and then we can sit down and talk,” said Patti.

Right now, Patti’s offer list consists of Boston College, Marshall, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo and all of the Ivy League schools.

Patti (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) is a very athletic quarterback that is very mobile in the pocket.  Patti tells me that he patterns his game after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“I wouldn’t describe myself as a dual threat quarterback but as a player that can move around when I have to. At the recent Rivals Camp I ran a 4.83. I’m someone who can move around and extend plays when I have to but I like to sit back in the pocket and lets things develop.”

Patti knows that Pitt wants a quarterback and that the coaches are highly on him. I asked him where he is in his recruiting process and if he’d like to make a decision soon.

“Yeah definitely. I was looking for something in early June or mid June so I can get it over with. I think I’m going to try and get it over with as soon as I can.”

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