RECRUITING: Patrick Hopes For UF Offer Soon

DeLand wide receiver Johnny Patrick came to Gainesville with one mission in mind Friday night. The 5-11.5, 170-pound wide receiver wanted to make a huge impression on the coaches at the University of Florida at the "Friday Night Lights" mini-camp. By the time the camp ended, around 11 p.m. Patrick had shown speed, moves and good hands in a performance that very well may earn the scholarship offer he wants from Coach Urban Meyer.

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He wasted no time making his presence known to the Florida coaches when it came time for the 7-on-7 portion of the camp. On the very first play, Patrick went deep and hauled in a touchdown pass.

"I caught the first touchdown in the 7-on-7, a deep post pattern from the arm of Tim Tebow (St. Augustine Nease quarterback)," said Patrick. "The play was especially designed for me and they told me to try my best to get open."

That first play was only one highlight of a great evening for Patrick. Florida's coaches let him know that they not only saw him play, but they were impressed.

"The camp was awesome and I loved it there," Patrick said. "I loved (Wide Receiver Coach) Billy Gonzalez, and he seems real good. I like how he teaches. He is a great coach. I like his style of coaching and he is a good man. He said I was real fast. He liked the way I catch the ball and how quick I was. He liked the way I come off the ball and that I run good routes. He was shocked at how good I was."

Patrick currently boasts six favorite schools. On the list, the out of state schools have all offered, yet the two in-state schools may have to offer soon or else they will miss out.

"My favorites are Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina, and Florida State," he said. "All have offered but Florida and Florida State."

The skills he put on display Friday may result in the scholarship offer he covets from Florida. Patrick believes that just might happen.

"We went through the footwork drills and catching passes," he said. "In the 40, I didn't have my best day. I ran a 4.52 but Coach Gonzalez thought I had a great time. I have run a 4.44 before. I measured in at 5-11.5 and 170 pounds with a 33-inch vertical jump.

"They told me they were going to come after me real hard. They said they were going to sit down as a staff today (Saturday). They said they should offer me real soon. They will talk to my head coach and know by Monday or Tuesday."

Johnny Patrick was my dark horse to receive an offer from this mini-camp. It seems he just may have put himself into position by showing up and performing in front of the Gator coaching staff. We should know the results quite soon.

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