Matt Patchan, the 6-foot-7, 265-pound five-star offensive lineman/defensive end from Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., remains very open regarding a favorite school and continues to focus on the same top five.
Patchan, ranked No. 7 in the Southeast by Scout.com and named the nation's No. 3 offensive tackle, favors Miami, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and LSU. All of his favorites have offered (65) total. Some of his other scholarships include Boston College, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and several others.
"My biggest thing is that the school has talent on both sides of the ball," Patchan said. "You get better by competing against the best players. I also want to play for great coaches, especially a good strength and conditioning coach. Also I'd love to play for a team that is in the running for the national championship."
Patchan grew up following Miami, as his father (Matt Sr.) played left tackle for the 'Canes. "My dad doesn't care about me following in his footsteps," he said. "He just wants me to go where I'll be able to play and get into a good position to get to the NFL.
"Every college I'm looking at says I'll get an opportunity to play both ways (either offensive line or defensive end). I'll play either one. It doesn't matter to me," Patchan said.
"Both Miami and Florida State always have talent and it's all about their leadership," he said. "They send guys to the NFL every year, so it's not like they don't have the ability. They've got the players and I think they'll both do a lot better this year.
"Coach Randy Shannon (new Miami head coach) has really got them focused and on track again. He's really brought the hammer down."
While Patchan denies a personal favorite, he does have a favorite school to win the national championship this year. "If I had to pick a school that I think would do the best this year, it would be LSU," Patchan said. "I think they will win the national championship this year. They are the most talented team in college football and have even more talent than USC.
"USC plays in the 'Weak-10' and they get a free ride to the national championship," he said. "If they had to play an SEC team, like they should have last year, they'd lose.
"If Florida played in any other conference but the SEC, I'd say they have a good chance to win it all again," Patchan said. "Their offense is gonna be even better with Tim Tebow running things full-time."
A fairly recent school to solidly itself within Patchan's top five is Mississippi, however, considering Matt's long-standing relationship with new Rebels offensive line coach Art Kehoe, it's not surprising that he's seriously considering Ole Miss.
"I got to know him really well when he was at Miami and have a great relationship with him," Patchan said. "He is a premier offensive line coach and has put out so many super stars that you just can't ignore that. He coached my dad at Miami and is just a great guy."
Patchan, always a very direct and honest interview, says he has enjoyed the recruiting process thus far. "The best part is being able to meet and talk with some of the greatest minds in football," he said. "Being given advice on my tapes and evaluated as a player has been invaluable. It's usually just little things like technique and stuff, but it really helps."
Armwood High School plays their first game on August 24 against Lake Gibson.
He plans to graduate early, so he'll be making his decision around December. Patchan reports a 3.4 core GPA and an 1190 SAT.