Pattee signs with Saint Francis

East Noble High School senior Spencer Pattee, front row center, signed a national letter of intent to play football at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. Sitting with Spencer are his mother Stacy Pattee, left, and his father Chris Pattee. Standing behind the Pattee family are, from left, EN strength and conditioning coordinator Josh Ekovich, EN head athletic trainer Meagan Jones, EN varsity head football coach Luke Amstutz and East Noble defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Cliff Hannon.

KENDALLVILLE — East Noble's standout defensive end Spencer Pattee put his name to paper on the final National Signing Day of 2019 recruiting cycle Wednesday, signing with nearby NAIA national power Saint Francis.

Pattee has gone to some Cougar games now and then over the years and is looking forward to being a part of that winning program.

"It felt like home," Pattee said. "I'm very excited about opening a new page and going on to the next chapter.

"I want to be a first-string starter and do my best," he added. "It's going to take hard work and keeping at it all the time. I plan on working my butt off every day."

Pattee led the 9-2 Knights last fall in tackles for loss with eight and sacks with four. He had 47 tackles and one fumble recovery for the Northeast 8 Conference champions.

EN coach Luke Amstutz called Pattee one of the top athletes in the Northeast 8. The son of Chris and Stacy Pattee was a KPC Media Group All-Area selection, and he was also picked to the Indiana Football Coaches Association's Region 3 All-Star team at defensive tackle.

Spencer Pattee will study graphic design and digital design at Saint Francis.

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