It was looking like Boston College football was done for the day and then, bam! Former five-star commitment.
UPDATE: Graduate student Matt Patchan, a 6'6, 304 lb OL from Tampa, will join the Eagles in 2013. Patchan played 27 games for Florida.— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) February 6, 2013
Back in December, The Gainesville Sun reported that Patchan would transfer to play for one of his former coaches. The 6-foot-6, 304 pound OT, who played in 27 games during an injury-plagued UF career, was deciding between transferring to Ohio State and Boston College. Urban Meyer recruited Patchan to Florida, while Addazio was his position coach at UF.
Coming out of high school, Patchan was rated the 18th best offensive lineman in the nation and fifth in Florida by Rivals. He chose Florida over claimed offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
What looked to be a promising college career has been hampered by multiple injuries. Patchan started in just eight games during his career at Florida. He missed the entire 2010 season and much of 2009 due to an ACL injury. He started seven games in 2011 before another injury ended his year. He did not appear in a game in 2012 due to a strained pectoral muscle.
The Seffner, Florida native will be a graduate student in 2013 and will not have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules. He has one year of eligibility left.
Should he stay healthy, this is a huge get for Addazio and the Eagles. Boston College is looking to replace both starting tackles next season -- Emmett Cleary and John Wetzel -- after losing both to graduation. Sophomore Dan Lembke and junior Aaron Kramer are set to replace Cleary and Wetzel, but the addition of Patchan gives the much maligned offensive line a boost next season.
Boston College is up to 16 commitments for the Class of 2013. Head coach Steve Addazio's press conference will take place at 4 p.m. Live stream is available on http://www.bceagles.com.
Welcome to the Heights, Matt!