PART I - Patton Discusses His Verbal, Qualifying

KSU quarterback commit Nick Patton talks about the Wildcats and his attempts to qualify acedemically in Part one of a two part series.

With his verbal to Kansas State in the books, quarterback Nick Patton has one goal in front of him—to qualify.

Patton, ranked No. 16 nationally, has until the fall to reach the needed score on his ACT and is confident that he'll get it done in time to be in Manhattan this summer.

"If I can take it that many times, I'll be fine," said Patton who is 6-foot-3 185 pounds. "That's what I'm focusing on right now. I just to take care of business and everything will work out for me."

The four-star Kansas native made his final decision known at halftime of the U.S. Army All-American game last weekend in what he calls the best moment in his life, and it's a decision that appeared to come very easy to Patton in the end.

"I talked to my grandparents and prayed for the right decision," said Patton, who passed for over 1,000 yards and ran for another 1,000. "It's the best fit for me, a hometown school with a great program and great atmosphere for football."

And now with all the rumors circulating that Allan Webb may not be a go in the fall for K-State, Patton said if the opportunity arises for immediate playing time, he'll take it.

"I'm going to go in and compete, try the best I can," he said. "If its there, I'll take it, but if I need more time to get better I have no problem redshirting. I'll do whatever is best for me and the team."

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