He didn't leave school early, Patrick was dismissed for unknown reasons. Rumors flew that it was drug problems, but that's pure speculation.
Patrick is an effort kind of guy. Doesn't do anything spectacular, but can get by due to his non-stop motor.
He's a converted DE, and has only played OT for 2 seasons. He is only in the 280-290lbs. range, and I don't really know how much weight he can hold on his frame.
He's a bit like Ryan Harris, I suppose. His weight problems will likely hold him back from being a real good OT in the future. But I guess we'll see.