Add All-American to the list of accomplishments for Dr. Phillips quarterback Nick Patti, who has been named to the East roster for the first annual JuniorRank Sports/U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which is Jan. 3, at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
Patti has had a tremendous career at Dr. Phillips and it continues Friday night with a Class 8A regional semifinal playoff game at Tampa Plant. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound signal caller, who is headed to Boise State, has lost just three games in three seasons as the D.P. starter and he continues to prove his doubters wrong on a weekly basis.
“I’m excited about it,” Patti said. “It’s kind of an unknown event and is sponsored by a lot of good people, obviously the Marines are involved and it’s tied to the Fiesta Bowl and all that stuff, so it should be a great experience.
“Just to be named an All-American is kinda neat and it will be cool to be involved in it.”
In Phoenix, Patti will have a reunion of sorts with several other quarterbacks with whom he spent a week in California this past summer at the Elite 11 Quarterback Challenge. Also on the game roster are fellow Elite 11 finalists Bart Houston of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle and Jeff Lundquist of Mercer Island, Wash., while others will be revealed as the roster is completed.
“I know five of the other QBs and it should be fun to get back together with them,” Patti said. “It’s one of the reasons I’m excited about it, to get reunited with these guys, because I didn’t think I’d really see those guys like that again ... another week together.”
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl will be part of a week-long festival-type of event held in conjunction with the Fiesta Bowl.
When news first came about that Patti would be selected to play in the contest, he was hoping Boise State might also be involved in the week-long Phoenix festivities with a possible invite to the Fiesta Bowl. Since then, however, Boise suffered its first loss of the season to TCU and the jumbled BCS bowl picture will need some shaking out before the Broncos’ postseason destination is determined.
“There is a slight chance they could play Oklahoma State there,” Patti said of the Fiesta Bowl, “but if they do get a BCS bid, it’s looking now like it will be the Sugar Bowl. But it’s hard to say. A lot of things could change and there is no way to know right now.”
For now he will focus on Plant High.
“I’ve been buried in the film all week,” Patti said. “We’ve had a good week and we’re as ready as we can be. This is a team[Plant] that does a lot of things. They are a lot different than some of your regular, run-of-the-mill high school teams. They give you a lot of looks and they know their looks and do it right. Should be a very interesting game.”
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.