Could Johnny Patrick be swayed?

Florida, the one-time favorite of Cardinal commit Johnny Patrick, extended an offer to the Scout.com three-star prospect on Monday evening. Patrick spoke with InsideTheVille.com shortly after speaking with Gator head coach Urban Meyer and shared his thoughts on how the new offer might effect his current decision

With many high school seniors, there is that one school - that if you are lucky enough to be recruited – that you hope offers you. It's the place that you might have dreamed playing for. However, is often the case, the offer that you'd hoped for doesn't come.

Such is the case for Scout.com three-star receiver Johnny Patrick of Deland (Fla.) High School. When the recruiting process began to pick up steam last spring, the 6-foot, 180-pound Florida All-Star had his sights set on a scholarship offer from in-state Florida. Patrick hoped that the offer would come after he turned in a stellar performance at a 7-on-7 camp held in Gainesville. Problem is, the offer didn't come.

Not wanting to wait around, Patrick started looking elsewhere. Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, NC State and South Carolina were among those heavily recruiting the standout athlete. After making official visits with U of L and NC State, Patrick made the decision to become a Cardinal, saying that "it was the best place for me."

On Monday night things changed. Having essentially closed his recruiting process, Patrick was surprised by an evening phone call from the head coach of his one-time favorite.

"He told me that he liked how I performed when I went to their ‘Friday Night Lights' camp," said Patrick of his conversation with Urban Meyer. "He told me that they were giving me an offer and that they wanted me to come do kick return and play cornerback for them. He said that I have a full scholarship."

However, once considered a near lock commitment for Louisville, Patrick did indicate that he'll have to think about the differences between the two programs and that it may come down to opportunity and loyalty.

"I don't know though, I think I'm going to stick with Louisville," he said. "I have a better chance of getting on the field and playing early there. I feel like Florida see's me as the last resort and just now called to tell me that they are going to offer me. They hadn't called me in awhile and then all the sudden they called."

While he said that he had yet to reach a member of the Cardinal coaching staff to discuss his latest offer, he added that his current plans are to stick with his initial decision.

"Right now I'm not going to change my commit," Patrick said. "I'm not going to de-commit."

Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for more on this developing story.


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