Patchan will transfer to either Ohio State or Boston College, Dooley wrote. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and Eagles head coach Steve Addazio were at Florida when Patchan, a redshirt junior, was recruited to play there.
Patchan played in 27 games over his career with Florida, including eight starts. He played 11 games as a defensive tackle in 2008 and four games in 2009 before an injury cut his season short. He missed the entire 2010 season because of an injury.
This season, Patchan had a strained pectoral muscle and did not dress for a game.
Safety De'Ante Saunders will also transfer, according to ESPN.
The transfers come on the heels of an 11-1 regular season for Florida. The Gators went 7-1 in the SEC. Florida, the No. 3 team in the country, will conclude its season Jan. 2, 2013, against the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl.