The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season.
#68 Jarrett Patterson
Jarrett Patterson was the icing on the cake for Jeff Quinn’s first offensive line class, though much of his recruitment can also be accredited to Special Teams Coordinator Brian Polian as well. The California native is athletic and sized well at 6’5” and 285 lbs. While he looks to make an impact on the field for the Irish at some point, getting playing time this early would certainly be out of the norm for offensive lineman at Notre Dame. Nonetheless, he has the ability and potential to make an impact for Notre Dame’s football team, whether it be this year or a few years from now.
3 Things About Jarrett Patterson
- He is a graduate of the same high school of a man many Notre Dame fans are familiar with - former USC and NFL meme/quarterback Mark Sanchez.
- Patterson was at one time an Arizona State commit, before de-committing from the program on December 7th, 2017.
- The perceived Top 2 in his recruitment thereafter were Michigan and Notre Dame. Moral of the story: suck it, Skunkbears.
YouTube Hot Fire
This highlight clip shows arguably the most impressive trait that Patterson brings to the table: fantastic mobility as a lineman.
Country, Condiment, and Canon
Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.
Jarrett Patterson is like a wildebeest on the football field - big, fast, aggressive, and strong. Where are wildebeests most commonly found? Southern Africa. Zimbabwe, specifically, happens to be home to quite a large wildebeest population. Bonus points for being neighbors with fellow frosh Lawrence Keys, who is Botswana.
While Patterson has worked himself into quite a favorable position for a freshman in camp so far, he is likely to take a redshirt year. While Jeff Quinn is a different coach than Harry Hiestand, the precedent for Notre Dame offensive lineman is that they very rarely play in their first year in the system.
Expect Patterson to develop nicely for Notre Dame and to play a significant role in the future. However, it is unlikely to begin this season. For Jarrett Patterson, a year or two to learn before seeing the field appears to be the most likely outcome.