Mays – Atlanta, Ga.
No. 134 overall player in the country
No. 12 OLB in the country
No. 13 overall player in Georgia
Losing Natrez Patrick to another program was not an option for Georgia.
Good thing for the Bulldogs that they didn’t. Georgia was one of the first programs to offer the Mays product.
“Georgia has been very consistent with me,” Patrick said. “They have been around since I first started getting offers, they have shown great interest in me, and I fell in love with the college itself.”
Patrick committed to the Bulldogs during halftime of Mays’ spring football game on May 16. It was welcome news for the Dawgs, and Patrick was pretty well done with other schools recruiting him.
“I feel good about my decision. I know colleges are still going to come around, but I feel good about Georgia right now. It feels good to be committed,” he said after the commitment. “I have been praying on it for a while now. I sat down with my family last night, so it seems right to do it right now. When I prayed, I got Georgia as the answer each time, so I knew it was the right time for me to commit.”
HONORS: Scout.com four-star prospect, No. 134 ranked overall player in the country, No. 12 ranked OLB in the country, No. 7 in the South… Dawg Post No. 13 ranked overall player in Georgia… 2014 USA Today All-USA second team… PrepStar No. 81 ranked player in country… 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class AAAAA defense and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year… 2014 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAA first team and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year … Played in the 2015 U.S. Army All American Bowl
SCOUTING: Patrick is a very athletic defensive end with a good mix of power and speed. He gets off the ball well and his speed to the ball is a strong point. He closes well, he plays with a high motor, and he attacks from the inside and the outside. He is stronger than his frame may lead some to think. He shows good balance when engaged and he can support the run on the edge. He has long arms and the frame to add good weight. - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: Can Patrick reshape his body to get ready for life in the SEC?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: I love Natrez Patrick. He’s a bruiser. Patrick moved around a little at Mays in order for offenses not to have the ability to avoid him. I thought he moved a little better than I figured that he would when I saw him play in the state championship game in December. If he does things right he very well could be an NFL player in a few years. He could be very difficult to deal with coming off of the edge.