Wants to Be at UM's Camp

When you're 6-3, 205+ and carry a 4.0 GPA and have a passing SAT score before your junior year ends, you tend to get noticed by a lot of people. That's what's been happening with Alachua (Fla.) Santa Fe wide receiver Melvin Patterson.

The talented receiver, who also competes in basketball and track, finished his junior season with 35 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. Among the competition this year was incoming freshman Bruce Johnson.

"Bruce seemed alright," Patterson said. "He's a good player but I mean I'm bigger than him and I put up better numbers. I think I can do the types of things he did at Suwannee."

Patterson will get plenty of opportunities to showcase his skills this spring/summer.

"I plan on being at the MSL Combine (at UF on April 23) and I'm flying up to the Ohio State camp and will probably go to Florida State's camp too. I wanna get to Miami's camp but I don't have a whole lot of information on it yet."

Patterson says his size and playing style are what separate him from other receivers from around the state.

"I can go get it," he said. "I'm big enough where I can take hits. I'll go over the middle. I like to block, too. I take that part of my game seriously and I think it's something a lot of players underappreciate."

Patterson began his prep career as a freshman playing on a team that liked to run for the ball for the most part.

"Most of my 9th and 10th grade years we ran the ball," he said. "Then I told my coach last season to throw more and that I will make things happen. We started running more shotgun and I started getting more passes thrown my way. It started becoming easy to make the plays. I'm like TO -- I like to smah people's defenses."

Patterson says he's getting lots of letters on a daily basis and has gotten so many that it's hard to keep track of them all.

"I'm real interested in Ohio State and then Florida State, Florida, and Miami right now," he said. "I'm going to camps at Ohio State and Florida State. Florida's right up the road. I dont know a whole lot about Miami yet except they put a lot of guys into the league."

Patterson also plays strong safety when his team's defense takes the field.

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