Post-Signing Day Evaluation: Patton is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The 17th in a series of 25 player evaluations is City College of San Francisco (Calif.) defensive lineman Thomas Patton.

Thomas Patton
Defensive End
Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Tech/UCLA/City College of San Francisco)

The Particulars -- All-conference selection as a sophomore, making 70 tackles, including 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries ... squad finished 2004 season 10-0 ... SuperPrep Juco 100 ... ranked 11th among juco defensive tackles and 70th overall by ... coached by George Rush. At UCLA: Played nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2003, making three tackles ... coached by Karl Dorrell. High School: First-team all-city and team captain as a senior ... made 78 tackles, including 13 sacks ... forced five fumbles, recovered five fumbles and had one interception ... PrepStar All-American and No. 10 defensive lineman in West ... three-star prospect by Max Emfinger ... No. 56 defensive end prospect by Max Emfinger ... rated No. 58 defensive end in nation and three-star prospect by PacWest Football ... rated No. 12 defensive end in West by PacWest ... named to Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-West team (No. 92) ... rated No. 62 player in Far West (CA/HI/NV) by SuperPrep ... member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... named to Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop" team following his senior season ... member of the 2000 San Francisco Examiner "Best of the Best" team ... made 69 stops as a junior, including eight sacks ... also had two interceptions and three fumble recoveries ... coached by Delton Edwards ... also lettered in wrestling.

Seals' scouting report – Is a very versatile addition to the defensive line, in that coaches still don't know if he'll line up on the inside or outside. The time he spent at UCLA as a redshirt and freshman contributor should not be overlooked, as he attracted several D-I offers out of high school and JUCO. Patton has experienced a lot of success during his career, helping his JUCO team to an undefeated '04 campaign.

ISU defensive coordinator John Skladany on Patton – "He started at UCLA as a defensive lineman and actually played some games. He's been through a Pac-10 season, and has been through an offseason conditioning program. He's going to know what to expect. We're getting a seasoned and mature college football player. We're real tickled to get him. That's another big physical kid that can run. He's mature and should be able to help us right away. He could be an end or tackle for us."

Short-term outlook – His ability to play both the strong-side end and tackle positions will remind Cyclone fans of two-year starter Brent Curvey. That will also allow Patton the opportunity to play a big role early in his career. His experience in a Division I program should make it an easy transition from JUCO ball to ISU.

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