At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Central defensive lineman Bryan Pata saw his team's season come to an early end last Friday night.
"Plantation just beat us," he said. "They just came out and beat us. We couldn't stop the run and they kept the ball away from our offense. You have no idea how much I wanted to be out there helping my team. I think I could have made a difference."
Pata was forced to watch the final six games of the season from the sideline after being ruled ineligible earlier this year.
"I'm now going to start preparing for the CaliFlorida Bowl," he said. "I'm going out there to dominate. I hear there will be lots of good competition in practice and that's what I like to hear. To be the best, you have to go up against the best. Plus, it'll be cool to get to meet a lot of those guys."
Pata, who is preparing to take the SAT on Dec. 7, also talked about the recruiting process.
"I had to bump my visit to Rutgers back a week because of the SAT," he said. "I'm going there on December 13. Then I have Oklahoma, then Florida (Jan 10), and UM (Jan. 17)."
Pata, who has scholarship offers from all four schools, said the Hurricanes still have the advantage.
"UM's still the leader," he said. "They're my team. I think I can play right away there and I really like Coach Shannon. I'll definitely go in there and try. They're losing their top four guys at end and the rest of those guys are young like me."
Pata said he's taking his other visits to see how those schools stack up.
"I've never really seen the other ones yet," he said. "I'm taking my trips to see if anything can beat UM. Maybe it can, who knows."
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