Petrino makes in-home visit with Patrick

Louisville verbal commit Johnny Patrick spoke with InsideTheVille.com about a recent in-home visit from Cardinal head coach Bobby Petrino and shared his thoughts on the Gator Bowl, Latarrius Thomas and more...

Louisville emerged as one of the leaders for Scout.com three-star receiver Johnny Patrick near end of the summer and became his school of choice in mid-December when he verbally committed to the Cardinal program during his official visit.

Since making his decision, Patrick has viewed himself as a member of the U of L football program, posting game photos on his personal website and doing his best to lure others to make the same decision.

He recently spoke with InsideTheVille.com and shared his thoughts about the Cardinals performance against Virginia Tech in the Toyota Gator Bowl and more.

"We should have had them," he said of the Cardinals in the Gator Bowl. "The redshirt freshman walk-on quarterback Hunter Cantwell did a real good job, but if we had Brian Brohm we would have beaten Virginia Tech."

Patrick welcomed U of L head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant Tony Levine for an in-home visit the day after the program's bowl game.

"It was an excellent visit," said Patrick. "They were here for like three hours. We sat and watched some highlights. They told me about what is going on up there and what they do on February 1st for signing day. They said that they have had something like 5,000 people in a room watching highlight clips of their signees'."

He added that they discussed his potential role in the 2006 squad, which could possibly lead to the 6-foot, 180-pounder seeing action when Miami visits Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"We also talked about what they want from me when I come up there and how I will fit in with the offense and how I'll definitely get a chance with kick and punt returns," he said. "I can't wait to come up there. I can't wait to be up there and get started. I'm really looking forward to playing Miami. That's going to be a real big game and everybody is going to be watching."

As for Patrick's recruiting efforts, the Deland product says that he has kept in contact with Florida All-Star teammate Latarrius Thomas.

"I talked to L.T. a couple days ago and he told me that he was still coming, but that he was going to take his visits," said Patrick, who is also trying to convince a fellow Deland teammate. "I talked to Reggie Odom and he told me that he might commit too."

As a senior, Patrick had 82 carries for 820 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also pulling in 19 catches for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns. He averaged 26.3 per kick return and recorded a career-high best of 85 yards.


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