Super DL Favors UM

This super talented defensive lineman is strongly favoring the Hurricanes over a host of others. Read on to find out why and which other schools are on his short list.

At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Central defensive end Bryan Pata has been a key part of Central's impressive 3-0 start this season. However, Pata says he ended Friday's game with a bad taste.

"I felt like we had lost," Pata said of seeing Dr. Krop score a touchdown on the game's final play. "We hadn't allowed a point all season up until then. I was standing on the sidelines with my pads off (the score was 54-0) and they got down to the five. The starters were called back out and I sware it wasn't a touchdown. We stopped him short."

The competitive Pata is off to an impressive start as a defensive end. He has 18 tackles, four sacks, two caused fumbles, and one blocked punt so far.

Pata, who is preparing for the SAT which is coming up in a few weeks, also talked about recruiting.

"People ask me all the time if I'm committed to Miami," he said. "I tell them no because I need to see some other schools before I make a final decision. I still like UM a lot. They're my favorite, but I just don't know anything about the other schools right now, except what they send me in the mail and say on the phone. I want to take some trips."

The talented defensive said he has four schools in mind aside from UM.

"I want to take visits to Oklahoma, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and Nebraska," he said. "The coach from Oklahoma stopped by the school the other day and he's going to call back this week to set up an official visit. I haven't set the other ones yet."

Pata also talked about the Hurricanes.

"They're my team," he said. "I've watched them play every game so far. I went to the Florida A&M game but since I was late, I couldn't go onto the field and all that like a recruit before the game. I did that against Boston College. Miami's No. 1 right now."

Pata talked about one of the reasons why he's favoring the Canes right now.

"They're losing both starters and both backups at end and I think I can go in and play early," he said. "They only have a few guys coming back and I think I can compete early. Coach Mark is a great coach and I think he can really help me get to where I want to be."

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