Solomon Patton had more than 830 yards receiving on 43 catches, scoring 12 touchdowns. He rushed for more than 200 yards and totaled more than 300 yards on special teams as a junior. In 2007, he had 66 receptions for 950 yards and nine touchdowns. Patton was all-state 6A first team last season.
The dynamic playmaker from Mobile (AL) Murphy High School took a trip to Gainesville with is head coach, Coach Lee.
"We got to town around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday night because we stopped to eat and stuff like that on the way down."
What he experienced Thursday and Friday is something that even he admits blew him away and he is still in a state of shock.
"Thursday when we woke up we met the coaches at the stadium at 9:00 a.m.," he said. "Coach Heater was the first coach to come down and meet us and take us up to see everything."
Chuck Heater is Patton's recruiting coach and for coach and prospect it was nice to meet in person.
"It was great to meet Coach Heater in person," Patton said. "We have talked a bunch and he talked to my mom not that long ago so to finally meet him in person was big for me. That entire staff has a lot of energy just like my coaches now and that's exactly what I want and what I am looking for. The energy that they have and the love for their football players just blew me away."
Patton talked about what the rest of Thursday was like for him and his coach.
"When Coach Heater came out to greet us I was amazed. It all looked great, the alligator outside, the trophies all of it was great. When he took us up and met all the coaches they got real crunk to see me and that got me even more fired up. I went and spent a good deal of time with Coach Meyer in his office and he let me check out the national championship ring and it was big and heavy. We watched a highlight tape that was just amazing. That's what I want to be a part of and I want to win and play for national titles and that's what they do there at Florida. The whole thing blew my mind to tell you the truth I don't know what else to say honestly."
The excitement level didn't stop there for Patton.
"Later on I went down to check out the weight room with Coach Gonzales and that just like everything else was amazing. They showed me some things and then Coach Meyer came and walked me out onto the field and asked me which end zone I wanted to score my first touchdown in and I told him that one, pointing at one of the end zones and he said that's a good one. How do you want to score it? I told him I want my first one to be on a kick return."
"I also got a chance to sit in with the wide receivers during a meeting while they were watching film. I love the stadium, the school, the coaches and everything about it. I was calling my dad and mom all the way home telling them no matter what you two need to just get down here to see what I am talking about so we need to work that out. If they can't get down in May then we will be back for camp in June. For a minute though I thought that I didn't need to get in the car to drive home because I thought I was home. They blew my mind. I still want to see some other schools and stuff like that but it was a great trip no question about it."
The 5-9, 170-pound Patton will trip to LSU for their spring game on April 18.
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