Patton Makes 13

One of the top items for discussion among Florida fans this offseason has been who will be the first wide receiver to commit to the Gators? The talk can finally come to an end with the Gators new commitment - Solomon Patton.

"I'm a Gator," Patton said earlier today.

A 5-9, 170-pound wideout with 4.4-speed from Mobile (AL) S.S. Murphy High School, Solomon Patton, in a word, is a playmaker. Patton has tremendous speed and athletic ability and one of the most impressive things about his game is his ability to go up and get the ball. He catches everything thrown his way with his hands away from his body and has great balance and vision. Patton is a threat to take it the distance each time he touches the ball.

"I feel like my game fits perfect with what Coach Meyer has going in The Swamp because at my school I do most of the same things they did with Percy Harvin," Patton said. "I have a great relationship with not only Coach Meyer but Coach Gonzales and Coach Heater. I talk to each of them at least once a week. The relationship part of this process has been very important to me and my family. I needed to feel like I would be taken care of with those coaches."

On Saturday, Patton and his mom and dad spent extensive time with Coach Charlie Strong as well as wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales. For Patton it reaffirmed what he already knew but gave assurance to his parents that he will be in good hands at Florida.

The hard part for Patton the last time he visited was not telling the coaches his intentions of becoming a Gator.

"It was real hard to not go public when I was down there before," he said. "It was just crazy on that visit how the coaches made me feel when I arrived. The entire time I was there I felt at home. It has been hard to know that I am going to be a Gator and not say anything. I mean I just wish my parents were able to come the first time and all this would have been over. I just love being down there."

Patton totaled more than 1,700 yards the last two seasons and 21 total touchdowns. Last season, he had more than 800 yards receiving on 43 catches, 200 rushing and more than 300 on special teams. In his sophomore season he had 66 catches. "It means a lot to be a Gator. I mean they have won two of the past three national championships. Who wouldn't want to be a part of something like that. My parents are very excited about it and they feel like it's a good decision and I will fit right in. I am very excited. I have to catch myself sometimes I get so crunk when I think about next year and me getting down there and practicing and scoring touchdowns in The Swamp. It's real exciting to watch the highlights and picture myself doing the same thing I just can't help but get excited to be a Gator."

For Patton, the thought of playing his college games in a stadium like The Swamp is almost overwhelming to think about.

"I will be so crunk and just hyped up playing in The Swamp. I think it's a big deal, I mean all those thousands of people just screaming and doing the Gator chomp. There isn't another school with a better fan base than Florida's."

Some of Patton's offers include Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Kansas State and LSU.


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