Super DL Ready For Visits

This talented defensive lineman will be getting an in-home visit from Randy Shannon this week. Read on to find out what he thinks about the Hurricanes and which other schools he'll visit.

At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Central standout defensive lineman Bryan Pata took the SAT for the first time this past Saturday and is now ready to take some official visits.

"They said it takes about two weeks before the paper work goes through," Pata said. "And they need that before I can take any visits, so I'll take them in January."

So how did the standout defensive lineman perform on the test?

"I got it man," he said. "I need an 860 and then I'm straight."

Pata was able to attend the Virginia Tech game on Saturday.

"I got done with the SAT around 12 and I hurried up to the game," he said. "I got there about 10 minutes late but I got to see them play. It was good that they clinched a chance to play in the title game again. They were dancin' and everything after the game."

Pata said he's set up a couple official visits.

"I'm looking at UM, Rutgers, Florida, and Oklahoma," he said. "I'm going to Florida on the 10th. I'm going to UM on the 17th and I'm not sure on the last two. I was supposed to go to Rutgers this weekend but we had to reschedule it. I'll definitely take a trip there. Oklahoma's still calling too."

Pata was asked if the Hurricanes are still the favorite.

"Yeah probably," he said. "But I really like what Rutgers is doing. A bunch of guys from down here went up there last weekend. I heard it's a great place. They're going to start turning some heads in the next year or two."

Pata will be getting an in-home visit with UM coach Randy Shannon later this week.

"He visited Ali [Highsmith]'s [house] last night," he said. "He called and we're going to set something up for later in the week."

Pata said he's getting a feeling that if he picks UM, he'll play tackle.

"I want to be an end but if I go to UM, they'll move me to tackle," he said. "You watch. At end, they only have John Square, Thomas Carroll, and John Wood coming back. They need a fourth guy and that can be me. At tackle, they're a little deeper."

Pata said despite the talent returning, he'll come ready to play.

"No matter where I go, I'm going to start ballin right away," he said. "Mike, I'm going to be ready man. It's a while since I played. They took everything I had away from me. I'm at the gym for over two hours every night. These other cats they're bringing in, they better be ready because I'm coming to play."

Pata will play one time at the prep level on Jan. 4 in the Cali-Florida Bowl.

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