Patten, Fisher Sign To Play College Ball

St. Marys' Matt Patten and Julius Fisher sign their national letter of intents to play football at the collegiate level on Thursday.
Sports Editor

Matt Patten signed his national letter of intent to play collegiate football at Division II Gannon University next season, while Julius Fisher signed his national letter of intent to remain ion defense at the collegiate as he plays for Mount St. Joseph University next season. Patten will play for the Golden Knights as a split-wide defensive end and Fisher said Mt. St. Joseph was looking at him as a hybrid/nickle linebacker.

Patten — who earned All-WBL Defensive Linemen of the Year and First-Team All-Northwest Ohio — recorded 98 tackles and two fumble recoveries and Fisher was named the Western Buckeye League's Defensive Flex Player of the Year with his 62 tackles and one interception in his senior season.

He finished his career with 235 total tackles, two sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. Patten finished his career with 200 tackles and three forces fumbles.

Patten and Fisher will both play in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association (OHSFCA) North-South Classic football game at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on April 27.

The game will be held at 4 p.m. on April 27 for Division I-III and at noon for Division IV-VII.

The OHSFCA nominates coaches for the game and are picked for the game in December.

Fisher and Patten joins Nick Yahl and Bo Frye as former players to make the cut to the North-South game under Doug Frye as coach. Only 33 players from each team make the cut.