Cards among five favorites for Florida receiver

Speedy receiver Johnny Patrick of Deland (FL) High School has collected 17 scholarship offers to date and told that five schools top his list.

Despite transferring from Deltona High School to Deland High School for his senior year, receiver Johnny Patrick has grabbed the attention of college coaches throughout the country.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Patrick, who has 4.4 speed, has already collected 17 scholarship offers, with schools such as Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee among those extending invitations.

"It's more than I expected," Patrick said of the recruiting process. "I'll probably commit before the season starts so I can get all the stress of it off my chest."

With practice set to begin on August 1st and the season kicking off in early September, Patrick has started to narrow his list down to a few select programs.

"Louisville, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida State are my favorites right now," he said.

Patrick credits U of L assistant coach Tony Levine for his high interest in the Cardinals program.

"I like Coach Levine - he's a good guy," Patrick said. "He was the first to offer me."

"He told me that Coach Bobby Petrino really likes me and that since they are losing some receivers after this year that I would have the chance to play as a freshman. Plus, I'd be able to wear my same number (#4)."

Over the past two seasons Patrick has hauled in 66 receptions for 923 yards and 17 touchdowns for his previous school and he is currently working with his new teammates at Deland in preperations for his final high school season.

"Coming off the ball, my hands and running good routes," he said of his strengths. "Just put the ball by and I'll catch it."

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