Florida DB with Coug offer has WSU connection

WASHINGTON STATE ALREADY has two commits from the state of Florida this class but they look to be far from done in recruiting the Sunshine State. CF.C talked to a three-star prospect who holds a crimson offer, and it turns out he has a connection to Wazzu. He also plays at a position not yet represented on the 2014 WSU commit list.

Cornerback Nigel Patten hails from the same high school where Cougar assistant coach Paul Volero once ran the D as defensive coordinator -- Miami's Booker T. Washington High.

"I know about Washington State because of 'Coach Paul,'" said Patten. "He's given me a lot of background and knowledge on them. He's said if me and my teammate come up there, we can make a difference."

Patten is referring to WR Lamar Parker, who also holds an offer from WSU and is being recruited by Volero.

Patten said there are a number of college coaches who have stood out to him during the recruiting process. Volero is one of them.

"'Coach Paul' is a straight up dude and he cares about me as both an athlete and a person," said Parker.

THE COMPETITION for one of the best defensive backs the state of Florida has to offer this recruiting cycle is stiff.

Patten's offers number well into the double digits -- in addition to Washington State, he holds full rides from Miami, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, South Florida, UCF, Utah, Cincinnati, Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Marshall, Mississippi, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.

WASHINGTON STATE likes tall cornerbacks, usually 6-0 or more. But Patten is listed at 5-10 by scout.com, and that's probably generous. So there must be something special about him to have earned an offer from the WSU staff.

"They like the way I compete, the way I keep going at guys," said Patten of the Cougs. "...I'm versatile, too. I can play the traditional corner, and I can also play in the dime, the nickel... and I can play safety."

PATTEN SAID he probably won't travel too far out of the state for his unofficial trips this summer. But he also doesn't plan on making his decision for a while -- that could come well after his senior football season is over.

And that could place added emphasis on his official visits, with one of his maximum of five trips potentially going to Washington State.

"I think it's going to be a while before deciding, I'm going to weigh my options," said Patten.

Distance, Patten said, won't be important at all.

"If I have to go to Alaska to make plays... then that's what I'll do," quipped Patten.

Nigel Patten profile

  • Patten is athletic, physical and fast as a corner. He's a standout on the track in the 200 meters, where he clocked a blistering 21.13 this spring. DyeStat ranks him in the 200-m as the seventh best in Florida and No. 19 nationally.

  • Patten was named second-team all-state 4A on the gridiron as a junior.

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