Quintin Patilla: Mixed Feelings

For many as-yet unheralded athletes, the Michigan Football Technique School is often the place where one catches the attention of the Wolverine coaching staff, and obtain the coveted scholarship offer from U-M. For athlete Quintin Patilla of Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, the first part worked to perfection. As for the second, a little more patience may be all he needs.

GoBlueWolverine.com caught up with athlete Quintin Patilla of Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Mich., after a stellar performance this week at the Michigan Football Technique School. In attendance the entire week is enough for any player participating at one position - Patilla worked out at three. "They (U-M staff) weren't quite sure where they wanted me to fit in," Patilla said. "So they had me working out at wide receiver, running back, and linebacker. I was tired because when some of the kids were taking a break, I had to go to another position to work out, but it went real good."

Already reporting six offers from Indiana, Toledo, Boston College, Ball State, Central Michigan, and Northern Illinois, one offer Patilla was hoping to secure didn't materialize. "Coach Carr took me and my parents into his office and told me he really wanted to offer me," Patilla said. "Then he said that even though they thought I did really good during the camp, he wanted to see my first two games before they actually offered. He said they weren't really sure what position they wanted to offer me for. I have kind of mixed feelings about that. I believe him, but I also think they may be waiting for someone ranked higher on their list. I know I'm not the fastest receiver at 4.6 (in the 40) but Jason Avant isn't the fastest either."

Patilla said he measures 6-foot-2-1/2, 205-pounds at the camp and while the lack of an offer may be disappointing, his resolve to become a Wolverine hasn't faded. He will attend the Michigan State camp in July, and said an offer from the Spartans wouldn't get a commitment. "I'm going to wait for Michigan," he said. "If they offer me after my second game I'll commit." He added that he has become friends with Michigan State commitment Eric Gordon of Traverse City West High School. "I keep up with the top athletes in Michigan," he said. "We met at the regional track meet because we were in the same region. When I found out he was in the same region I said 'I got to meet this kid'. Then we were at the Indiana camp together. I saw him Monday at the U-M camp and he told me he was going to commit to State."

This is the second Michigan camp for Patilla, and as part of the U-M effort to see where he would fit in with the Wolverines, he participated in a special session with the quarterbacks and receivers. Last year, he caught passes from current Michigan QB Chad Henne. This year, he was on the receiving end of junior phenom Ryan Mallet of Texarkana, Ark. "That is one sweet kid," Patilla said. "He can throw the ball so hard. I just bought a new pair of gloves and the palms across all four fingers got torn off. I showed it to him and he thought it was funny. I told him I didn't think it was funny and I was going to send him the bill for the new pair. But seriously, I caught the ball from Henne last year, and Mallet throws so much harder, and he throws it hard from a long distance. It sounds like one of those vortex balls as it goes through the air. He's a really great guy too."

Patilla said the Illinois staff would like him to visit for their junior day. "They want to see me in person before they offer," he said. "I'm not sure if I'll go down there though."

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