Patton's long road to K-State continues

Patton, who signed with K-State this winter, just took the ACT for the final time Saturday, his final attempt to be able to join the Wildcats in time for the upcoming season. Reports indicate that Patton has a back-up plan-- to attend Dodge City Community College, where a letter of intent has already been received.

Nick Patton has been down a long tough road in the last year and there are no signs of it coming to end just yet.

Just five months removed from announcing to a national audience that he intends to be a Kansas State Wildcat, Patton is faced with another challenge before such an intention can become reality.

Saturday, the four-star quarterback from Winfield, Kans., took the ACT for the final time. After numerous tries, this attempt becomes the final one at joining the Wildcats in time for next season. If Patton does not qualify this time, he will attend Dodge City Community College, where an official letter of intent from Patton was received last week, according to the Kansas City Star.

However, if that is the path Patton decides to take, there is no guarantee that he will continue on to K-State when he finishes at DCCC.

This is just the latest story surrounding K-State's most talked about recruit from last season. Though Patton qualifying for college has always seemed to have been an issue, other obstacles have landed in the patch of the 6-foot-3 185 pounder, the top-rated prospect out of Kansas last season.

In early January, just after committing to K-State, Patton spoke with and addressed the issue of qualifying and his verbal to the Wildcats.

"If I can take it that many times, I'll be fine," Patton said then about qualifying. "That's what I'm focusing on right now. I just need to take care of business and everything will work out for me."

And in the second part of that two-part series, Patton addressed his "confidence" that has been talked about, on and off the football field.

Patton said, "I am very passionate about football. You have to be confident, step up to the challenge, be a man and know you can get it done," he added. "Life is going to deal you a lot of cards and you have to be able to stand up and face them with confidence."

Only time will tell where Patton ends up, but one thing is certain at this stage of the game: these could be some the most anticipated ACT results ever for K-State fans.

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