Dr. Phillips quarterback Nick Patti said Thursday night he has committed to Boise State for the 2012 recruiting class. Patti threw for more than 2300 yards in 2010 with 32 TDS, as he helped lead DP to the state title game.
The Panthers lost that game to Miami Central, one of only two games Patti has lost in the past two seasons.
Nick and his father Ed Patti took a trip to visit Boise, Idaho, last month and the quarterback loved the place.
"I loved it then and since I left there I have never had a doubt," Patti said of where he wanted to play in college. "A lot of people say it's like a weight lifted off your shoulders, and I know that's figurative, but it really is ... Actually more like a weight taken off your heart."
"He wanted to commit when we were out there," Ed Pati said, "But I was like, Whoa ... wait a minute."
Boise coach Chris Petersen and the rest of the Broncos staff told Patti he was their No. 1 quarterback and even called to tell him last week that they might offer another QB, if Patti wasn't ready to commit, and didn't want him to learn about it over the Internet.
"As a father, when you hand your son over to somebody you want to have a lot of respect for the person you are handing him over to," Ed Patti said. "Chris Petersen is the real deal."
And Nick could not think of any other program in the country that could match Boise, and not just in football schemes.
"I don't see that happening and that's why I pulled the trigger so soon," Nick said. "Anyone could come and put them right next to Boise and it would still be the best place for me."
The Pattis loved the way they were treated from the very beginning of their arrival on campus, when they were greeted by the entire football coaching staff.
"I did everything I could as a dad to try and test him and make sure this was the decision he wanted to make," Ed Patti said. "He had all the right answers. He even convinced me."
The only drawback to the choice is the distance between Boise and home.
"We talked about that too," Ed Patti said. "He asked me if this school were closer in distance, like the Carolinas, would that make it more perfect? It's the only drawback, but he said he is ok with the trip being so far. If he can deal with that, then we can somehow figure out a way."
Patti had other offers from UCF, USF, Indiana and Louisiana Tech. He was overlooked by numerous schools because of his height. At 5-foot-11, colleges figured he would have a tough time passing over bigger, faster college defensive linemen.
Boise likes Patti for his ability to run, and Petersen figures he'll be a perfect fit for the Broncos' wide-open offense.
Patti passed for 2,390 yards and 32 touchdowns, while throwing just four interceptions last season. He had a 62-percent completion rate. Patti also rushed for 470 yards and six touchdowns on 73 carries. He has lost only two games in the past two seasons.
"This is the best place for me," Patti said of Boise. "I've been wanting to do this for several days. It's the No. 5 team in the country. I'm ready to help get to No. 1."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.