Northern Illinois' 2016 recruiting class just got better. The Huskies added offensive tackle Brayden Patton to the Huskies' family. Patton, the son of Indiana University tight end and fullback coach James Patton, announced his commitment to the Huskies on his Instagram page on Friday morning. Northern Illinois was Patton's only reported offer. The Ellettsville, Indiana prospect became the Huskies' tenth recruit and third offensive line prospect.
Im very blessed and happy to say I will be continuing my football career at Northern Illinois… https://t.co/lolfgmFlCu
— Brayden Patton (@braydenpatton) June 26, 2015
Hustle Belt caught up with Patton to find out why he thought Northern Illinois was the right destination for him. "It was the facilities and the coaches and they have what I want to study in college!" Patton explained later that he intends to go into sports management or journalism.
The 6-foot-5 261 pound lineman will be looked highly upon in his arrival. The Huskies only allowed 14 sacks during the 2014 season. Patton joins 2016 offensive line commits Ezekiel Gueths and Benn Olson. These three linemen will be key parts to the prominent rushing game of the Huskies. Northern Illinois continues to bring in offensive line prospects as 2016 dual threat quarterback Anthony Thompson will need to be protected.
Patton has exceptional strength to go along with the swiftness on his feet for an offensive lineman. Interested in seeing what Patton will look like for the Huskies? Check out some of Brayden Patton's highlights as a junior at Edgewood High School, courtesy of Hudl: