Out Of State DB Gets KSU Offer

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Patrick Porter, a defensive back from Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., has a collection of early offers including Kansas State. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete also plays wide receiver and quarterback in high school. He described to KStateFans.com on the interest he's received from the Wildcat staff and his plans for the spring season.

"Kansas State offered me over a month or two ago," Porter said. "I spoke to Coach Smith, who isn't there anymore, but I also talked with the cornerbacks coach. I need to give him a call to see when a good time will be for me to take a visit. They like my versatility, my ability to make plays, how I can come up and attack the passer, and my ball skills. They offered me at cornerback.

"I know Kansas State has a pretty good program. They've had some good seasons in recent years and should be very good again this year. I know they've had some really good players go through there who are now playing in the NFL. I'm definitely looking forward to making a trip up there sometime in the near future, but it probably won't be until the summer break."

Porter just spent the weekend at Southern Miss. He said the Golden Eagles are very close to offering. He'll be going to Middle Tennessee State, one of his four offers, on April 20th for a Junior Day. He also claims offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

"I played basketball this year which kind of set me back as far as taking more visits," he said. "I've been hearing from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Alabama, and Troy.

"Education is first for me as in determining where I'll go. I'm also hoping to get that family feeling where I feel like the coaches and the players are on the same page working together. I'd like to go to a school with a long history of success in all of their sports. Growing up in Tuscaloosa, I'm a 'Bama fan, but I don't have any ties to any universities. Right now, I'm still pretty open and waiting to see which schools are going to offer."

Porter only played in three games for Bryant due to injury. The Stampede went 0-10 in Class 5A ball in 2012 and Porter's goal is to change that in his senior season.

"I played wide receiver and quarterback as a freshman," Porter said. "In my sophomore year, I had two picks and more than 1000 receiving yards. I actually was injured in the first game of the season last year. I tried to come back and play in the next two games, but shut it down after that. I'm 100-percent now. I'm going to be playing quarterback in a fast-paced spread to take advantage of our speed. I'm also going to be playing defensive back. I'd have to say my best strength [at cornerback] is in man-to-man coverage. I just want to win, make some big plays, and be a leader."

Porter reports a best 40 yard dash time of 4.45 and a 235-pound max in the bench press.

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