Georgia DT Has IU In Top Three

One of the top-ranked defensive tackles in Georgia has designs on visiting the IU football program.

One of the top-ranked defensive tackles in Georgia has designs on visiting the IU football program.

Quency Patrick, a 6-3, 265-pounder from Pacelli High School in Columbus, Ga., already has more than a handful of scholarship offers, but it's Coach Terry Hoeppner's program that has emerged among his top three.

"I plan on visiting Indiana, Alabama and Tulane," said Patrick. "Those are my top three."

While Patrick is hearing from plenty of major Division I programs from BCS conferences, Indiana made an impression because it was one of the first programs to recruit him. Patrick said the IU staff started showing steady interest over the summer, sending a steady stream of letters to the defensive standout.

Patrick said he's unsure when he'll make his visit to Bloomington or to his other top schools, but once he does, those visits will go a long way toward determining where he plays his college ball.

"I want to see if I'll enjoy being up there or not (on the visits)," said Patrick. "That will be important to me, as will academics. I want to major in computer science, and all three of my favorites have programs in that for me."

Patrick is considered one of the top recruits from the state of Georgia in the class of 2006 thanks to excellent strength as well as speed for a player his size. On his high school team he plays both defensive end and defensive tackle, although he's expected to play defensive tackle at the college level.

"Coaches say they like how I react to the ball, as well as my field vision," said Patrick.

While he draws plenty of attention from opposing high school teams, he's still having a productive senior campaign. After five games, his prep team is off to a 4-1 start, and Patrick has anchored the defense with six sacks. That comes on the heels of a junior season when he totaled 84 tackles and 11 sacks.

"Team try to do a lot to stop me, mostly trying to run away from my side," said Patrick. "That's probably why I've moved around between defensive tackle and defensive end, so teams don't always know where I'm going to be. It gets annoying after awhile, but I still go out and try to make plays."

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