The SEC comes calling for Rene

One of the fastest rising junior prospects in the country originally hails from the Canadian capital city of Ottawa. Patrice Rene, however, opted to play his junior season in the states at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. close to the nation's capital. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back spoke with VandyMania.com on his transition to football in America.

"I came to Virginia to go against the best," Rene said. "I want my game to continue to evolve and progress and I thought the best way for that to happened would be to play against better competition than what I was facing in Canada. I made the decision to go to Episcopal by myself. My family's all back in Ottawa. I love it. The school's amazing, on of the best in the country. I came with big exceptions which I placed on myself and I feel like I've fulfilled those exceptions.

Offers have been pouring in for Rene from Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake Forest, and many others including, most recently, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

"I've been speaking to Coach Gdowski at Vanderbilt," he said. "They want to bring in big aggressive corners and feel like I fit the mold of what they're looking for. He said that they watched the film and they thought it was great. He said it got their attention. They also appreciate that I take a lot of pride in my academics. They're excited to find a player with those kind of grades and that kind of game and they'd have no problem at all offering me a scholarship.

"Vanderbilt's been on the come up for the past couple of seasons. A few things impress me with Vanderbilt. It's in a great location in the city of Nashville. Being in the SEC is a big plus. It's also one of the very best academic colleges in the country. I'm going to make a trip down south this summer and check out Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, LSU. I'd like to get more of a feel for it."

Rene started his first two years at St. Peter Catholic High School in the Ottawa suburb of Orleans. Although he faced better competition in Northern Virginia he ran into a common probably many shutdown corners have, nobody would throw in his direction.

"Early on I made two interceptions and took them both to the house," he explained. "After that, I think that coaches were scared to test my side of the field. I still finished the season top three on my team in tackles and scored three touchdowns at wide receiver. Personally, I think the season went very well. I found out I was named first team All-League and All-State."

Although Rene's stock right now is through the roof, he's taking it all in stride and looking at the big picture.

"My junior season sparked a lot of interest and offers," Rene said. "I'm just enjoying the whole process, hearing from a lot of coaches, and think I'll be receiving some more offers soon. It's a lot to try to take in. Things are pretty hot right now for me so I'm going wait until it dies down a little before I begin to really analyze. One thing I'm looking for is a good position coach like Torrian Gray at Virginia Tech who can really help develop my game. I'm going to look at the depth chart. I'm not afraid of competition. I'll compete with any guy at any program but I'm going to look at the roster. Last, but not least, is academics. I want to be assured that I'll have a good life after football is over for me."

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