Owls Add Rockwall Speedster

Owls fill need for speed with versatile Rockwall athlete...

The Rice Owls discovered a lot about themselves last year. During the course of a tough season that saw the Owls win few games they started recognizing areas where they could use help. Team speed was an area of need, in several areas. When they hit the recruiting trail this fall they were looking for explosive players that could help in the secondary, on returns, and at receiver. When talented Rockwall athlete Michael Patterson committed to Rice this weekend on his official visit they got a player who can do all three.

Patterson is 5-11 174 pounds and has run the 40 in as low as 4.39 seconds. He is an incredibly explosive athlete who also boasts a vertical of 35". Patterson has also recorded a pro shuttle time of 4.01 seconds. With these measurables he could help the Owls in any number of positions. The Owls need to replace players at the slot position and at cornerback so Patterson is a candidate for both.

The Rockwall athlete was the other half of District 10-5A's best pass and catch combination. Patterson was on the receiving end of 68 passes from Rockwall's District Offensive MVP QB Braden Smith. He racked up 842 yards receiving with 7 touchdowns. He was a unanimous pick for 1st Team 10-5A All District.

So where will Patterson play at Rice? The coaches recruited him as an "athlete". They really like his versatility and will try him on both sides of the ball. He was being recruited by Tulane, SMU, Air Force, Middle Tennessee State, Army and Rice.

He becomes Rice's 14th known commitment.

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