Notre Dame received one of its biggest commitments of National Signing Day when 4-star offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson committed and signed last Wednesday morning.
The California product had made his decision to choose Notre Dame over UCLA a couple days prior to signing, but kept things hushed in an effort to make a splash for the Irish on Signing Day. However, the waiting game also nearly cast doubt on his decision, and it took an intense staff effort to convince him to stick with the Irish.
According to a report from Tom Loy of IrishIllustrated.com, new Notre Dame offensive line coach Jeff Quinn, offensive coordinator Chip Long and special teams coordinator Brian Polian had to get Patterson on the phone and recruit him all over again.
“I relate that back to a football mindset where, if we’re in the game and we don’t know how the outcome is going to be, we’ve still got time to make a difference in the outcome of the game. That’s how I approached it,” Quinn recalled. “I was just being very authentic, very genuine, very specific. I communicated the key points that I wanted him to consider.
“I didn’t want him to think about the next 48 hours, but think about the next four years. Four years is going to go by like this, and know that this is going to impact the next 40, 50, 60, 70 years of your life.”
Patterson was lucky to have a pair of really good choices, but there’s no questioning the lifetime value of a Notre Dame education. That probably had significant influence over his decision to sign on the dotted line last Wednesday, as he gave Notre Dame a key piece to its No. 10-ranked 2018 recruiting class.