Rene sees a good fit at Michigan State

Canadian cornerback left Sunday's camp feeling good about his performance and receiving good feedback from the Michigan State coaches. He also talks about where he might be playing football in the near future as looks to transfer to a school in the United States.

Sunday made for a long day for Patrice Rene, but the trip to Michigan State for a one-day camp was well worth it.

The St. Peter's (Peterborough, Ontario) cornerback spent the nine-hour drive home feeling like things went well in East Lansing.

"I think I performed well enough and I think I showed the coaches that I am worthy of a spot on their team," Rene said. "I believe I showcased that with all my skills and I think I did well to make a case for myself."

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound sophomore got positive feedback from a trio of Michigan State coaches throughout the day.

"I had a chance to talk with all three coaches, Coach (Harlon) Barnett, Coach (Pat) Narduzzi and also with Coach (Mark) Dantonio and they told me they really enjoy what they saw in me.

"They said they want to continue recruiting me hard and have me back in East Lansing sometime for a game."

Rene followed up with Narduzzi on Tuesday, dropping him a Twitter direct message, to which Narduzzi replied with excitement that he had come to camp and hoping to see him soon.

Sunday marked his third time visiting Michigan State and given the proximity to his Canadian home, it makes things easier for Rene to visit the campus.

"It's pretty nice advantage," he said. "It's one of the closest schools to us, so I think that's a really great advantage to me."

It does not hurt that the defensive backs tradition in recent years has been so strong, something Rene said he noticed and sees a great fit with his skills and the way the Spartans play.

"Michigan State has a really good history with their defensive backs and they recruit guys who are basically unknown and once they go to Michigan State, they become the best cornerbacks in the league like Darqueze Dennard," Rene said. "He was a low-key guy and nobody really looked at him, Michigan State picked up, coached him up and look at him now in the NFL.

"I like their system and what they do with their defense. I like what they do with their corners, leaving them on the line and playing very aggressive press and they just let them play. That's something I really like about Michigan State and I fit into that style of play."

Rene currently holds offers from Syracuse, Rutgers and Akron – a list that figures to grow soon. In order to help see more schools jump in and to improve his game, he soon will take a step to ensure it does.

In the coming weeks, Rene will visit a pair of schools in the United States, starting with a visit to Champagnat Catholic in Hialeah, Fla.. If that winds up not working out, he will check out Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and look to play there.

"I'm excited to come compete with the American boys," he said. "College coaches don't really respect the football here (in Canada), so I think it's a move that is necessary if I want to continue to grow in the recruitment and prepare for the college football down in the states."

Fortunately for the cornerback, he has a good mentor to turn to in the decision to leave home to pursue football in the United States as his former 7 on 7 teammate Michael O'Connor spent two years in the U.S. before signing with Penn State in the 2014 class.

"We talk at least once a week and are really close," Rene said. "He gives me advice on the whole process, how it's going to be and how to deal with adversity and things like that.

"I am really blessed to have a guy that has been through that process already and that I can relate to."

Rene also will spend part of the rest of his summer stateside, as he will hit up some camps. He will be at Sound Mind, Sound Body in Detroit next week to continue the summer.

"I will probably try to hit up a couple more university camps," he said. "Just setting up the most camps we can."


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