RECRUITING: The next Roy Williams?

Independence Community College safety Allan Patrick is one of the hottest junior college prospects in the country. And the Conway, S.C. native says he can't wait to get an offer from the Sooners.


Finding great junior college players is not always easy early in the recruiting process. But when they are as athletic as Allen Patrick, they explode on the national scene.

A four-year starter at Conway High School in South Carolina at linebacker and running back, Patrick continued his tremendous success starting at Independence as a freshman at strong safety. As a senior at Conway Patrick finished with 138 tackles and three sacks, and last year he has a super freshman season finishing with 91 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions.

"I enjoy hitting at strong safety, or the Roy position," said Patrick. "I am aware that at OU when they go to their nickle package they call their fifth DB the Roy position in honor of Roy Williams. I play the same position that he did. I try to play like him a little bit and I certainly try to hit as hard as he did. I have pretty good cover skills and I pursue to the ball pretty good."

Patrick can bench 310 pounds, squats 370 and at Conway he started in hoops at guard/small forward. He is so athletic that some college coaches feel that he could be a big corner.

Out of high school Patrick considered South Carolina, but coming out of junior college his outlook at widened.

"Right now I like the Florida (offered today), OU, LSU, Arkansas, Michigan State and Southern California. Clemson has offered me as well.

"I really love OU. If they will give me the paper to sign I would do it. They are my favorite school right now and I would love to play for them. I would have to say that Oklahoma and Florida are my top two schools. I hear Oklahoma is coming out to see me this week and I can't wait to meet their coach or coaches."

Look for a several other colleges to try to get in the picture soon. Patrick has three years to play two.

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