2003 Profile: RB Allen Patrick

In a recent announcement, it was learned that RB Allen Patrick will return to the line up this fall for the Conway Tigers. Let the recruiting wars begin for this running back, as he could command the same attention as another name you might recogonize- Syvelle Newton.

Allen Patrick (6'2, 192) is a new name on the recruiting scene, primarily because he didn't learn that he would be eligible for an additional year of high school football until just recently.

Patrick returns in 2002 as a running back that didn't get his share of carries until late last season, but he certainly made the most of it.

He ended the year with 115 carries for 1275 yards and 15 touchdowns. And in case you missed it, that's 11.1 yards everytime he touched the ball. While those numbers weren't exactly mind-boggling, they were good enough to get him serious recogonition by several publications, including an all-state award.

Even more impressive is the fact that he was doing that against some of the top competition in the state. Patrick rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns in Conway's 38-14 win against North Augusta in the playoffs last year, and he did it on only 8 carries. He scored on runs of 80, 53, 42 and 14 yards, and outgained current Clemson signee Reggie Merriweather, who rushed for 163 yards on 27 attempts.

The following week, in the state championship game, Patrick outperformed Marlboro County's Syvelle Newton, rushing for 120 yards and one score in a 17-10 loss.

Conway Head Coach Chuck Jordan has nothing but praise for Patrick.

"In the playoffs, everybody has a good team," Jordan said. "You've got to have players step up and get something done, and Allen obviously did that."

Interestingly enough, Patrick could be in a situation that would allow him to enroll at his school of choice next January- which means he would be enrolled in time to go through spring practice.

A source very close to Patrick's indicated two very important facts regarding Patrick's situation late Sunday evening. First, Patrick very well could be one of the top running backs, and one of the top prospects overall in the state this season, and second, the Tigers could be the team to beat.

Patrick has been participating with the rest of his team in a summer passing league, which will likely showcase his talents even more before the season starts. We certainly will continue to keep you updated on Patrick's situation, as we receive more information throughout the season.

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