Friday, June 14, 2013
RB Jacques Patrick recaps Michigan visit
By Tom VanHaaren
Michigan had the opportunity to host 2015 running back Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) on Thursday. The talented back was on a Midwest tour and got the chance to see what the Wolverines had to offer.
Patrick got the usual tour and saw the Big House, the indoor facilities and the weight room. The highlight of the day, though, was getting a chance to sit down with Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson.
"I talked to Coach Jackson for about 45 minutes, I was in there for a while. He was telling me he's watched around 50 running backs and I'm one of the best he's seen," he said. "That means a lot, because he's been doing this for a while."
Patrick felt comfortable with Jackson and came away impressed with all the running backs he has had a hand in coaching.
"He showed me all the backs he's coached that were on his wall in his office, like Mike Hart. I used to watch him when I was little," he said. "I was surprised the way I bonded with Coach Jackson so quickly. He broke down everything I wanted to hear, and how I would be used in the offense."
The star running back also got a chance to sit down with head coach Brady Hoke for a significant amount of time. That conversation was geared more toward Michigan's academics and how a degree could benefit Patrick in the future.
"He was telling me about the Michigan degree, which was good because I'm probably going into engineering or business," he said. "Right now I'm doing engineering at my school and if football doesn't work out, then there is a lot of money in engineering."
Patrick was accompanied by his cousin, Terel Patrick, who is an assistant coach at Detroit Martin Luther King High School. He didn't bring his mother up from Florida this time around, but he says that could be in the works for next time.
"I want to try to get back up here with my mom," he said. "I didn't want to bring her the first time if I didn't like it, so I want to bring her back up and see some of these schools."
Patrick visited Michigan State on Wednesday and Ohio State on Tuesday. He said this week that he is planning to make a second trip to Ohio State on Oct. 26.