WR Patton Discusses Rutgers Commitment
On an otherwise frustrating night for the Rutgers football program, St. Elizabeth High (Wilmington, Del.) receiver Andre Patton provided a bright spot. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Patton verbally committed to Rutgers coach Kyle Flood after Scarlet Knights' crushing 20-17 loss to Louisville. The loss cost the Scarlet Knights their first outright Big East title and a BCS bowl berth. "I was in coach Flood's office," Patton said. "I actually made t-shirt and it said ‘I want to verbally commit' and then at the bottom it said ‘Chop.' So I showed him the shirt." Patton was Rutgers top receiving target remaining on the board. He said he actually committed to Rutgers linebackers coach Dave Cohen during the week, but waited until after the game to tell Flood. "(Coach) Flood was excited," Patton said. "He got up and shook my hand and gave me a hug. (Offensive coordinator Dave) brock came over and I showed him the t-shirt. I told coach cohen at the beginning of week so he already knew, but he kept it quiet." Patton is the 20th member of the Rutgers class of 2013 and joins Bergen Catholic High's (Oradell, N.J.) John Tsimis as receivers committed in the class. He chose Rutgers over offers from Illinois, Purdue and West Virginia. "I felt it would be the best fit and I like the way they throw it," Patton said. "They use the receivers in different ways. I figured why I try to go somewhere else when it's right here. "I already had my mind made up before Big Ten announcement, and that kind of sealed the deal." Patton was one of the many recruits in attendance, and despite the loss had a great time. "The atmosphere was beautiful," Patton aid. "Love the crowd. Fans were supported. Even thought they didn't get win and they fought hard, the fans were great." Patton ran for 677 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 48 balls for 761 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior.
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