Patton Ready for Senior Season

At 5-9 and 175-pounds, Mobile (AL) Murphy superstar Solomon Patton is lightning in a bottle. Last week Patton took the field for the first time since becoming a Florida Gator. Patton is a four-star wide receiver prospect and electric with the ball in his hands. He has great speed running as low as 4.4 flat making him a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.

"Practice has been going good," Solomon Patton said. "I must say this has been the hardest we have ever practiced. This year's two a days went real good. I really believe we have a chance to go to state this year with all the weapons we have on the team. This week we practiced one day in full pads and the rest in shells and we have a preseason game today against UMS Wright a team that won state last year so it should be a pretty good game. We kickoff at 6 tonight but I'm pretty excited, I'm just going to out and play my game it's going to feel good to step on the field and be a Florida commit."

All the hard work that Patton and his teammates have put in paid off as they won in convincing fashion.

"The game went good, I had around 100 yards with some good catches. We won 47-7 something like that."

My Take: When talk of Patton to Florida started to emerge after his visit he still was seemingly under the radar by most recruiting services. I have always been a huge fan and was sold as soon as I watched his highlight tape. Patton has a 100-plus catches over the last two seasons in a variety of ways. He can go inside, outside or over the middle. Patton elevates when the ball is in the air and catches everything with arms at full extension. He is currently the No. 37 ranked wide receiver prospect but you will be hard pressed to find 36 high school wide receivers that have caught as many balls as Patton over the last two seasons. He is a great addition to the class of 2010 and a high character person. Take: Seemingly undersized at 5-9 and 170 pounds, Patton plays with an abundance of strength and balance that allows him to make plays normally reserved for bigger players. He can go over the middle on a post route, or take an end-around right through the middle of the field. He is an accomplished receiver as capable of catching the 3rd and 12 out route as he is a wide receiver screen. Patton's versatility gives coaches a lot of options. Scott Kennedy. Biography:

2009: Birmingham News Super Senior Pre-Season

2008: Patton finished his junior season with 845 yards receiving for 12 touchdowns. He also had one kick returned for a score. He rushed for more than 200 yards and totaled more than 300 yards on special teams.

ASWA All-State 6A First Team WR. He reports a bench of 245-pounds, squat 395 and a 36-inch vertical. Patton also runs track (10.3 100m; 21.9 200m), but plans on sticking with football on the next level. 2007: Patton hauled in 66 receptions as a sophomore for 950 yards and nine touchdowns.

Patton plans to major in Physical Therapy.

Patton: "I have good speed and great hands. For such a small receiver I have great hands and can catch. I use my speed well, and I know how to make something happen after the catch.

"I still want to be more explosive. And make some better moves and stuff with the ball."

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