2016 DB Discusses 1st BCS Offer

Patrice Rene is starting to gain some buzz. Already with an offer from Akron in hand, he camped at Syracuse over the weekend and added an offer from the Orange. He discusses that and more inside.

During Syracuse's camp on Friday, one prospect stood out. That was class of 2016 Canadian defensive back Patrice Rene. It was his second offer (Akron), but first from a BCS conference school.

"I was pretty excited," Rene admitted. "BCS school, and it was my first offer from BCS. It's Syracuse and they have a great history. I'm just real excited especially because I had a great connection with the coaches. I'm really excited about that. I feel like this is a good possibility for me."

Rene could be seen receiving a lot of one on one instruction during the camp. Defensive backs coach Fred Reed helped him work on technique and body control.

"Coach Reed, the defensive backs coach, he just liked how I played and my size," Rene claimed. "He said I can still work on my footwork since I'm a big guy and a taller DB. I can work on my footwork and staying low. So still things I can work on to get better.

"The main thing (they like) is how I move, my worth ethic, and how big I am for a DB. They stay I'm still young so there's an opportunity to develop a long way. They just see a lot of potential in me."

Picking up his first major offer was a thrilling experience for the young talent. He says that will be something he remembers as his recruitment picks up.

"It means a lot because they were the first big time team that believed in me," Rene explained. "They saw something in me early on and that's something I'll keep in mind as things go on.

"Syracuse is pretty great. One of our quarterbacks had an offer from there. You think about things like Jim Brown. The history at Syracuse is pretty great."

Rene says there is a big difference between football in the United States and football in Canada. He is planning to change countries for the start of his junior season.

"It's really different," the rising sophomore said. "The speed of the game is different, the fields are wider. Football is actually way different. That's why I'm trying to come down here to show that Canadian players can ball down here in the states.

"I will be transferring for my junior year for sure. I have a couple options. Cass Tech (Detroit, MI), I could go down there. Imhotep (Philadelphia, PA) is another option. And then a school down in Texas."


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