On Wednesday the Pitt football team got their second commit for the 2018 recruiting class as New Jersey quarterback Nick Patti made a verbal commitment to Pat Narduzzi and the squad. The 6 foot-3 inch, 195 pound Patti is rated as a 3-star recruit on 247 sports and Scout and a 2-star recruit on Rivals. He follows Jay Symonds who became the first member of the 2018 class when he committed to the Panthers in March. Patti holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Rutgers, and several other non-power 5 schools.
Patti, who attends St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ, is dual-threat quarterback who in 2016 threw for 1,737 yards and completed 52.7% (98 for 186) of his passes along with 15 touchdowns. On the ground he added 315 yards and 3 touchdowns. Patti believes something that separates him from the pack is his “sneaky athleticism” that allows him to make plays both in and out of the pocket.
He describes himself as “a guy that isn’t going to beat you around the edge or not a guy that runs a 4.5 like Cam Newton does, but a guy that can get outside the pocket, extend plays, make plays with his feet and throw one on the run.”
Another key characteristic to Patti’s game is his leadership ability. The signal caller will end up as a three year starter at a perennial New Jersey powerhouse and he guided his team to a 2016 state championship.
“I am definitely a leader,” Patti said. “When things go bad I’m kind of the guy to calm everyone down and just get back to the basic stuff and just do it right.”
And when it comes to learning how to play the position, Patti has been taught by some of the best. He regularly works out with Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms who trains quarterbacks at all levels of football.
“[Simms] travels around the country and he’s learning different drills and bringing them back to me,” Patti said. “And I’ve worked with some big time guys that have played division one football. I worked with Geno Smith and I’m hoping to work with guys like Rodgers and Brady soon...
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