Super DL Visits UM With Mom

Miami (Fla.) Central standout Bryan Pata recently made an unofficial visit to the University of Miami, as he wanted his family to check things out as well. He talks about the visit and where he currently stands in his college decision.

"I wanted to go watch practice so I took my mom and sister along so they could see the school and everything," Pata said. "They met the coaches and that was all good. Coach Randy Shannon told me and my mom that I'll have a scholarship waiting for me at the end of the season even if I get injured."

At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Pata and his Central teammates will begin two-a-days today. "They've been working us real hard this summer," he said. "I'm so glad we're finally starting to hit each other. It feels good."

The talented defensive lineman is getting excited about the start of the season, which could be against Dillard in a Kickoff Classic later this month.

"We're either going to be playing Dillard or Columbus and I hope it's Dillard," he said. "I heard Stanley McClover plays offensive line and if he does, I hope we can line up against each other."

Pata said he was impressed with UM's team practice on Saturday.

"They looked really good," he said. "I met Dave Howell there and we followed the defensive line around and watched a lot of them. Those guys are in such good shape and they're all real fast. The whole team looks focused and the coaches were all doing a good job."

Pata said his mother and sister were also impressed. "They met the coaches and saw the school and everything and they really liked it. Miami's my top choice. It's close to home and I think there's a great opportunity here. But I'm not committed right now. I want to check out Florida State, Florida, Oklahoma, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech too before I make a final decision. UM's the only school I've seen."

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