New Notre Dame offensive line coach Jeff Quinn picked up his first win on the recruiting trail on National Signing Day when Mission Viejo (Calif.) High offensive tackle Jarrett Patterson chose Notre Dame over UCLA.
Patterson had already taken his official visit to South Bend when Quinn’s hiring was announced, but Quinn got to work right away once things were official.
“I saw a lot of these traits and characteristics that Jarrett had, and I knew there was some time,” Quinn said. “I knew were maybe behind a little bit, but I knew we had enough time to get the lead and get this one secured.”
That’s exactly what Notre Dame did, thanks in large part to Quinn’s efforts and the impression he made on Patterson.
“He’s a very seasoned coach,” Patterson explained. “He’s been doing this for many years, he knows what he’s doing and he knows the Notre Dame program.”
During an in-home visit with Notre Dame on the Friday before signing day, Quinn and Patterson watched some game tape together, which Patterson said was an awesome experience.
“It’s been pretty good,” Patterson said of his relationship with Quinn. “He came over and we watched film together and he showed me different drills and different players he’s coached.”
Quinn said he could tell right away that Patterson was just as a big film junkie as he is.
“I want to coach him and he wants to be coached,” Quinn said. “When I first met him, I could tell he’s very analytical in terms of understanding the game, the schemes and the necessary ingredients of being a championship football player.”
A lot of that, Quinn said, comes from the program that raised Patterson.
Mission Viejo is a perennial contender for California state championships, and Patterson said you can’t have enough players from schools like that.
“He was coached in a championship high school program,” Quinn said. “Mission Viejo is one of the best in the state of California and one of the best in the country from the standpoint of success. You’ve got great coaches that have been teaching him and I could sense that.”