Despite more than two dozen of the nation's top schools showing interest, none have offered his superstar quarterback Brandon Allen a scholarship to play college football.
"I'm very surprised; very shocked," Patton said. "Every day I feel like a mail carrier; he's getting 20 or 30 letters a day. If he doesn't get offers then I don't know what a D-1 quarterback looks like."
Allen (6-2, 185) set numerous sophomore passing records in 2008 for the Bulldogs, who reached the second round of the Class 7A Playoffs.
In April he was invited to Fort Worth to be a manager at the EA Sports Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp, perhaps a prelude to his own invitation to participate next year.
"It was a lot of fun," said Allen, whose father Bobby coaches defense up the road at the University of Arkansas. "There were a lot of good quarterbacks there. Colt McCoy's little brother (and Texas commit, Case) was actually there. He was pretty good. It was good competition and a good camp."
A lack of offers doesn't correlate into a lack of interest as Arkansas, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Missouri, USC, UCLA and Oregon are among those scouting Allen after passing for 3,270 yards and 30 touchdowns last season.
"My recruitment is going good," Allen said after going 21-of-34 for 350 yards and two touchdowns in Friday night's Purple-White scrimmage. "I'm mainly just getting letters right now.
"I get letters from random places and questionnaires – nothing real big. Arkansas sent me a letter the other day and Alabama, too."
So does any school stand out above the rest?
"Not really right now," Allen said.
His coach sings a different tune.
"Every college coach has come in and watched highlight tapes on him," Patton said. "The big question is can they steal him away from Arkansas because they believe that's where he is going. And he wants to go to Arkansas, so hopefully the Hogs come calling on him.
"He's a very talented young man and he'll have a chance to play football at the next level."
Allen isn't the only Purple Dog with next-level talent. Wide receiver and Arkansas commit Demetrius Dean (6-3, 225) and tight end Josh Hale (6-4, 218) help compose one of the most formidable aerial attacks in the state.
"I'm very blessed and excited about having them," Patton said. "Brandon's got a great arm and is a very smart kid. He can get you out of a bad play in a hurry.
"Josh Hale had the best spring of any kid we had. He caught the ball real well (in the spring game) as he has all spring.
"Demetrius came in a little out of shape, but he's getting back in shape right now. But when he's healthy and he's in shape he'll play better."
All three are showing interest in Arkansas. The Bulldogs are no stranger to sending players up Stadium Drive to become Razorbacks. Offensive tackle Colby Berna (6-5, 285), a two-time all-state selection for Fayetteville, will be on campus at the UA in the fall.
When talking about Allen's recruiting, Patton didn't hide that he'd like to continue building a pipeline with Arkansas.
"Ole Miss is recruiting him hard, but we don't want him to be a Rebel," Patton joked. "We want him to be a Hog."