The Opening: RB Jacques Patrick

Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick says he has two co-leaders at this point and he will visit both schools next week.

Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek standout Jacques Patrick had an impressive first day at The Opening in Oregon. Patrick, a four-star running back prospect, was part of an impressive position group.

”There were some good guys out here,” Patrick said. “For me it’s just about competing with those guys. I am a four-star and I want that fifth star so I am working hard. I thought I did well.”

Patrick, 6-foot-2, 230-pounds, is a monster of a back. He’s a between the tackles guy who can run with a tremendous amount of power. Patrick can also catch the football, which he showed during the first session. Afterwards, he had some big recruiting news.

”I am going to narrow things down to five schools by the end of the month,” Patrick said. “Right now my top two schools are Florida State and Alabama. And I will visit both of those schools next week. I will also go to Friday Night Lights football camp at the end of this month. I have already been to Michigan and Notre Dame this summer.”

It’s interesting because FSU was the first team that offered Patrick over two years ago while Alabama loves to have that big, power running back.

”Yeah, the Seminoles were my first offer and Jimbo Fisher has been personally recruiting me,” Patrick said. “That’s big to me. I love the guy. He can flat out coach and he has proven that. What he did last year speaks to that. I also love coach [Rick] Trickett and coach [Jay] Graham. It’s a place where I feel very comfortable.

”You can’t go wrong with Alabama and they have the track record at running back to prove it,” Patrick said. “For me, it’s a great fit because they like backs like me. If I can get on the field early I can be a three and out guy there. They have proved that with the other guys. It’s a super coaching staff and they have a great offensive line.”

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