Three stand out for Johnny Patrick

The last time that spoke with Johnny Patrick, the quick receiver listed six schools that comprised his list of favorites. On Thursday, the Deland (Fla.) High School prospect talked about his interest in the Cardinals and if the recent commitments might impact his future decision.

As evidenced by the recent decisions by Troy Pascley - arguably the best receiver prospect in the state of Ohio - and Notre Dame transfer Chris Vaughn, finding quality athletes to catch future Brian Brohm passes is a priority for Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff.

With spots remaining for likely two additional receiver prospects, the attention has shifted to a small handful of athletes, including Deland (Fla.) High School's Johnny Patrick.

"I talked with Coach Levine just yesterday," Patrick said on Thursday. "He told me about the two receivers that are going there, but he said that he's not telling me that I need to hurry."

With 40 speed that has been clocked below 4.5, along with his ability to quickly change direction and run tight routes, a number of the nation's top programs have already extended scholarship offers to Patrick, including Louisville.

Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee are among the over 20 school's that have already offered Patrick.

"Georgia, Florida and Louisville are the three that stand out the most right now," he said. "I'm still looking at others like South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Florida State."

With Florida the only program among his three favorites that has not offered, Patrick is hoping that his strong performance at last weekend's camp will result in just that.

"It was good to be there," said Patrick, who received his first scholarship offer from Louisville. "They really liked what I did at camp. I should know by the end of the week."

Patrick also added he's not sure if that potential offer from the Gators would be enough to move them to the top of his list.

"I don't know if it will," he said. "It might push them to the top, but they are the only school that I have visited so far."

As for Louisville, he says that potential early playing time, coupled by the presence of quarterback Brian Brohm, is helping the Cardinals chances.

"Coach Levine told me that there is a chance I could come in and play early because they are losing three receivers," said Patrick. "They also have a real good young quarterback."

Patrick, who at one time considered making an early decision, hopes to visit a few more schools during the coming months, possibly attending a few upcoming games, before strongly considering where to play football in 2006.

"I do want to see a few more schools, so I'll probably decide sometime in the middle of the season," he explained.

Over the past two seasons Patrick has totaled 66 receptions for 923 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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