"I think I can rush the passer and stop the run," said Pata. "I like to get into the backfield and disrupt things."
Last season as a junior, Pata played defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive tackle, offensive guard and fullback. He has good size (6-4, 260) and speed (4.8). According to Pata, he has scholarship offers from Florida, FSU, Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, Rutgers, and USF.
"Miami is my favorite because I love their defense. They have become dominant once again. I can see myself playing there and fitting in but I want to take my time with the decision and make sure."
Pata is also considering Florida, Florida State and Rutgers. Last season, he recorded 9.5 sacks.