WR Finished For The Season

Melvin Patterson had a big spring and a productive summer. He was all set for a strong senior season. Unfortunately for Patterson and his Alachua (Fla.) Santa Fe teammates, he was injured in the team's first game and was expected to miss a few weeks.

"I'm actually done for the whole season," Patterson said. "It's an ACL injury."

So what was originally believed to be a minor injury to his left knee has turned out to be a major setback. The talented receiver hopes to handle things well.

"It was a tough situation but I just gotta fight through it," he said. "I'm probably gonna have to miss basketball season too so I can rehab. I just gotta work hard to come back at full strength. Hopefully I'll get to that point for the spring."

Patterson, 6-2 and 210 pounds, had close to 50 catches for over 700 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior last season. Fortunately for him, college coaches know all about him.

"A lot of coaches are still calling," he said. "I've been getting a lot of calls this month. I'm still looking at Miami, Florida State, Florida, West Virginia, and N.C. State."

The Canes and Noles are the schools from that list who have not yet offered but both have been in contact.

"I went to that game actually," he said. "It was a good experience. Florida State finally pulled it off but Miami's young quarterback looks pretty good."

Patterson isn't sure whether or not he'll get the offer now with his injury.

"They have been recruiting me all year so I'm not sure what's gonna happen," he said. "Hopefully they know me well enough and know what I'm capable of doing."

The talented receiver, who is a full academic qualifier, plans to visit all five programs listed above.

"I'll just take some visits, continue rehabbing, and see what comes along," he said.

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