Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi, isn’t exactly known as a highly recruited junior college for Oregon State University. That’s not to say that Jones County doesn’t have it’s fair share of former athletes succeeding at the next level and this year is no different. Ten current Bobcats boast multiple offers to play Division-1 next year and just last month the Beavers offered three of their athletes.
Marques Ford (a former 4* Rutgers bounce back), Jonathan Abram (a former 3* Georgia bounce back) and Ramon Patton all earned offers from the Beavers towards the end of September. BeaverBlitz caught up with Patton to get his thoughts on Oregon State.
“I hear from the safeties coach a lot, Coach Odum. I’m going to be playing safety is what they’re telling me. Coach O’s telling me to watch some of their games, check out their YouTube and stuff. I really like what they’re trying to do with their defensive scheme and how their safeties play. I think I can fit good into their system.”
As for the opportunity to play with Ford and Abram, it seems the three of them like the possibility of playing with each other.
“We are definitely looking at setting up a visit to Oregon State. I’m hoping that we can catch a game, but it will have to be after our season is over. Maybe Civil War or something, I plan on graduating in December so I kind of need to take my visits.“ Patton continued, “They (Ford & Abram) were talking about trying to get all of us up there to check them out. They were like man Oregon State they cool, and I was like yeah that is. Then we started talking about getting a time figured out to when we all could get up there.”
Patton mentioned that the recruiting process is starting to get interesting as his play is catching the eye of more and more coaches with every game.
“I think my season is going pretty good so far. I play a few different roles for our defense, like sometimes I play up in the box, sometimes I’m playing down. Last night (September 29th) alone I played really good, I had 12 tackles and 2 pass deflections. A coach from Boise State was here to watch and he talked with me for a bit after the game and told me that they were really interested in me and that he was going to give me a call when he got back to Boise.”
Patton currently has over a dozen offers to go along with Oregon State’s. His Bobcats team has a record of 4-1 and is coming off a big win over conference for Southwest Junior College. On the year, Patton has 21 tackles, 1 ½ sacks and a couple pass breakups.
BeaverBlitz will check back in with Patton as he starts to set up his official visits.