RECRUITING: Patrick Has Hopes For A Special Offer

DeLand High School wide receiver Johnny Patrick has narrowed his list to four schools. Three of those schools have offered him a scholarship. However, Patrick continues to wait for an offer from one of those favorites.

(Johnny Patrick profile)

"My top schools are Florida, Georgia, Louisville, and South Carolina," Patrick said. "It's between Georgia and Florida right now, though. Distance really doesn't matter. I just want and get the chance to play early. I want to go somewhere to make plays. I don't want to just be on the team."

Patrick is one of a handful of Coach Dean Fabrizio's talented Bulldogs who have caught the eyes of college coaches. The Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaker to the monsters of Mainland High School, 17-14, Friday night.

"It didn't go our way like we wanted it to … we didn't come up with the win but we played a good game," Patrick recalled. "We beat ourselves. They did not beat us.

"We had some turnovers on offense and scored on big plays. I should have scored one touchdown when I got stripped at the on- yard line. I was running down the middle of the field but just when I was going to tuck it, (Tony) Wilson got his hand right under my elbow and stripped it. I just didn't tuck it away in time."

Wilson, a Georgia commit, picked up the loose ball and returned it 100 yards for the score. The score gave the Buccaneers a 17-0 lead.

"I came back with a 55-yard kickoff return," Patrick said. "We were driving, but they made plays when they needed to and got the job done. We didn't execute like we were supposed to (offensively). We came close, but just beat ourselves. Our defense did a great job though."

Patrick finished with six catches for 95 yards in the game.

He spoke about the current recruiting process and his thoughts about each of the four schools that remain in the chase for his services.

FLORIDA: "You don't know if one or two of those Florida players will go early. Coach (Billy) Gonzales told me that he wants one or two true freshmen (receivers) that can come in and play early. He told me what I wanted to hear, tells me that I'm a good guy. But, I haven't been offered by them yet. He keeps telling me that my day will come soon (for an offer). He told me that he needed my transcript. He got my transcript, but I'm just waiting for the offer."

GEORGIA: "Georgia needs a lot of help with their depth at wide receiver. I could probably come in there and get a chance to start early. It's a good school in the SEC with big things ahead of them now. They're a good team. Coach (Kirby) Smart offered me a scholarship."

LOUISVILLE: "Louisville has a great quarterback (Brian Brohm) right now. He probably has a chance to win the Heisman (Trophy). Coach (Tony) Levine told me that I could come in and start early. He told me that I could keep my same number, because they've got a wide receiver Broderick Clark, who is a senior this year. Since he'll be graduating, I could keep the number (four). Coach (Levine) said they need big play wide receivers and speed guys and they said that I'm the person for the job."

SOUTH CAROLINA: "I just talked to coach (Rick) Stockstill at South Carolina the other day to set up my official visit. I just like Steve Spurrier and how he runs his offense. They said that I could get the chance to come in and start early. Basically, everybody tells you that though. They have offered me a scholarship."

Patrick said that he carries a 2.5 GPA and is scheduled to take both the SAT and ACT in November. It will be the first time he has taken the tests. He also said that he is currently receiving tutoring from a teacher.

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