The University of Louisville added a talented tight end to its 2017 recruiting haul on Monday with the commitment of Fairburn (Ga.) Landmark Christian tight end Wix Patton.
Patton, a 6-foot-6, 238-pound prospect, will join the Cardinals as a preferred walk-on. Also a standout on the hardwood, where he's averaging a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, Patton has also spent time at receiver and eventually could help along the offensive front.
Cardinal Authority caught up with Patton to learn why he chose U of L, his expectations and more:
Cardinal Authority: How did the interest between you and Louisville begin?
Patton: "Louisville has the most explosive offense utilizing tight ends, not to mention the best quarterback and coach in the country. Coach Nochta reached out to me and said I had a chance of playing a big role here if I came ready to compete. So my dad and I visited for the NC State game. I had a game the night before so my dad drove us all night up to Louisville so we could be there for the entire Saturday experience and loved it! Everything about UofL is top notch."
Cardinal Authority: What is it about Louisville that you like?
Patton: "It's an amazing town with so much to do and people seem to love living there. It's also a great sports town and everyone in Louisville supports the school which makes for an awesome environment."
Cardinal Authority: What impressed you from your visit?
Patton: "The coaches, fans, and atmosphere are fantastic not to mention the facilities are incredible, especially the brand new Thornton's Academic Center."
Cardinal Authority: I see that you also play basketball, how does that help you as a football player?
Patton: "Basketball over the years has definitely helped with athleticism, hands, vertical and foot work. As I've worked on getting bigger/stronger you also have to have body control on the court or it's easy to get in foul trouble so that's helped. I also love going up for jump balls on fade routes and knocking defenders on their back."
Cardinal Authority: What has the UofL staff said about their plans for your future?
Patton: "I've committed to the UofL coaches to work as hard as possible on all aspects as a student/athlete and be prepared to do whatever is needed of my to help the team succeed as a tight end whether it's blocking or routes. I can't wait!"