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Nick Patti: 'We Are Still On Track'
"We are still on track," he said. "It was just one of those games where you never got anything started, but we felt confident with our game-plan going in. It was little mistakes here and there that cost us."
"I feel like we should've won the game, but they have a lot of great athletes," he stated. "It is what it is, out-of-district game, and sometimes you need to lose a game to get that focus back."
"That was actually my first regular season loss as a football player," said Patti. "I had never lost a game even going back to 'pee wee' football. It was a complete shock for me. Obviously, I've lost in the playoffs and State Championship, but never once where you had to get right back up and prepare for next week. It's different."
On the recruiting front, Patti maintains that he's 100% committed to Boise State and will enroll at BSU in January.
"I'll enroll in January. I got my acceptance letter and everything," he said. "I can tell you that there's a lot of different emotions for me when I think about it. It's exciting, scary, and nuts to look at the calendar at how close it's coming."
"It will be big for me to get that jump-start with spring practice."
Head Coach Chris Petersen could almost be listed as the "primary" recruiter for Nick Patti. He keeps in close contact with his future QB and even sent him a message on Facebook just before Saturday's game.
"I actually spoke to him on Facebook about an hour ago when he got to the stadium," he said. "No question, that made me feel pretty special. I was watching my little cousin's Pop Warner game and he wanted to check-in, see how things are going."
"Coach Pete is a lot different than any other coach that recruited me," he said. "He recruits you on a more personal level. He won't recruit a guy with a legal problem or a guy that will be a problem for his program. He's an awesome individual and the type your parents want you to play for."
Every year the rumors start earlier and earlier. The "rumors" I'm referring to center on Chris Petersen to (insert school here) when he has told anyone and everyone that would listen that he's perfectly happy in Boise. The future Bronco sat down with Petersen while in Boise to discuss this particular topic and was reassured that he isn't going anywhere and will remain in Boise for a long time to come.
"That was actually a huge thing for me, a glaring issue," said Patti. "He was in there for the Florida job and turned that down. You're committed to the program if you turn down a job like that. That's the way I see it. He wants to build this thing into something special and there's still work to be done. He told me Boise is where he wants to be and that's why I committed to Coach Petersen. He said he loves it there, his family loves it there, and he's very happy where he's at."
"Basically, I said how I know his name is always out there for other jobs," he said. "I asked him if he wanted to do 'bigger and better things' and he told me he's happy right where he's at. Coach Pete has always been straight-up with me and I have no reason to believe otherwise. I'm excited to play for him."
Ah, conference expansion - you gotta love it. Very few issues in college football have the ability to become "bigger" than the game itself week-in and week-out, but this is one of them. Boise State to the Big East has become the "hot" rumor over the past few days and most media outlets believe an invite will be forthcoming sometime this week. Patti says he's on-board with the idea and "loves it."
"I love it," he said. "That's exactly what I want. Being in the Big East would just be icing on the cake. I would have two games within twenty minutes of my house. I'm going to ask the coaches about this the next time I speak to them."
"No question, this would be huge for the program," said Patti. "You lose one game right now and 'boom' -you're done. As an AQ, I think they'll hold themselves to the same high standard, but this would be big and I know they can do it."
Patti is now 6'0 190 and has grown two inches since he verbally committed to Boise State. Like Boise State, being told he can't compete for one reason or another has created a "chip" and one he carries on his shoulder every day of the week.
"No question, it's always motivation," he said. "It's on my mind when I wake up, when I put my shoes on, and I always carry that chip on my shoulder," he added.
Through seven games - Patti has 1,325 yards passing 15 TDs through the air. He also has 5 rushing TDs.
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