All indications point to a Big East-ACC shootout for one of Florida's top wide receiver prospects. Johnny Patrick from Deland (Fla) High School has been a major priority for the NC State coaching staff all year and with crunch time approaching, appear to be neck and neck with Louisville for this talented wideout's commitment.
At 6-0, 180 pounds and boasting solid 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Patrick was one of Florida's most productive offensive players in 2005.
In helping lead his team to a 7-3 record, Patrick rushed 82 times for 783 yards (9.54 yard per carry) and 12 touchdowns. He also snagged 19 receptions for 312 yards and two TD's in limited playing time at wide receiver. Despite his success in the backfield, wide receiver is where so many schools covet the three-star prospect and Patrick recently told Pack Pride that's fine with him.
"Actually, I like wide receiver more than running back," said Patrick. "But really, I'd play where ever they put me. But at wide receiver, I feel like I can produce more because I can get the ball, make a move on somebody and then take it all the way."
To date, Patrick has accrued 17 scholarship offers total, including offers from the likes of NC State, Louisville, Maryland and Georgia Tech. However, two schools have distanced themselves from the rest.
"I would say NC State and Louisville are my top two right now," said Patrick. "I'm going to NC State on Dec 9th and then to Louisville on the 16th. There's a good chance I'll make my decision on the Monday after that visit to Louisville.
"If I put together a top five right now it would be Maryland, Georgia Tech, NC State, Louisville and Florida."
Patrick talked further about his top two.
"Louisville has got an electrifying offense. They've got a great sophomore QB that might be a Heisman candidate and I can play with him for two years. They've got three starters leaving at wide receiver which means I could come in and play early.
"With NC State, I like their program. Wide recivers coach Dwayne Dixon is recruiting me and he's a great guy. He calls me all the time. He shows me how much he's interested in me and how much they need me and that's important because you want to go somewhere where you're needed. Just like Louisville, they've got three starters leaving so I could play early."
Patrick has been nominated for the Central Florida All-Star game. He plans to major in a Computer field.
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