Commitment Tracker: Solomon Patton

Solomon Patton, four-star receiver from Mobile-Murphy, Ala., is the only player from the state of Alabama in the Scout 300 who has committed to an out-of-state program. Patton will get an early start on his career at Florida by graduating early and hoping to see the field as a true freshman. His main focus, for now, is helping Murphy High School get to the state championship.

"Practice is going good," said Solomon Patton. "We are playing this Thursday against Foley. We play at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. We are going to be pretty good. We have some real good receivers."

"People try to key on me. We have three receivers that are burners and can catch. Our quarterback is going to be pretty good this year."

"We played UMS-Wright in our scrimmage game last week. We did pretty good. We beat them 42-7. I had a couple of big plays in the game. I had six or seven catches. I had right had around 100 yards. I didn't have any touchdowns. One of our receivers scored three times."

"I just want to be a team leader. I want to try to keep my team up. I want to work hard at practice, and hopefully be in the state championship game. I think we really have a big chance to get there this year."

Patton has not been to Florida since the Friday Night Lights camp, but has remained in close contact with the coaching staff.

"I haven't been to Gainesville this month," he said. "I went to the Friday Night Lights camp. I will be going down to a couple of games. I know I will be going to the Florida State game. I know I will go to a couple of other games before then though."

"I talk to the coaches at least one or twice a week. Coach [Billy] Gonzales emailed me today. He was saying they are real thin at the receiver position. They wish I was there right now. I would be a big help to their offense this year."

"I feel like they are going to win another national championship. Coach [Urban] Meyer and the coaches down there are a great staff. They know what they are doing. I know they are working hard. I honestly think they are going to win again this year."

Other schools continue to stay in contact, but Patton is 100-percent Gator.

"I still get tons of mail from schools," he said. "I had coaches calling my coaches for a while. They were seeing if I am going to change my mind. I know after I committed coaches called saying if I did want to change my mind I would have a place."

"I haven't heard anything lately. I don't think I should visit anyone."

Patton stays in contact with a few of his future Florida teammates as well.

"Trey Burton and I stay in touch," he stated. "We text all the time with each other. That's really the main one. I talk to Jaylen [Watkins] sometimes."

"I feel good about our recruiting class this year. We have good athletes. Most are out of Florida, so you know they can really play. I feel really good about our class. I think we can help out when we get there."

Patton's early arrival in Gainesville will only increase his chances for early playing time next season.

"I am graduating in December," he explained. "I am real excited about getting there in the spring. The coaches are saying they are down at receiver. I think it will be real big for me to learn the playbook and be around the guys that committed with me. Hopefully I will see the field early."

Solomon Patton
WR Solomon Patton: 6A Murphy

8/27 Foley (6A) Ladd
9/4 Baker (R) Away
9/11 Williamson (R) Away
9/19 Alma Bryant (R) Home
9/25 Daphne (6A) Away
10/2 Blount (R) Away
10/8 Theodore (R) Home
10/16 Mary Montgomery (R) Home
10/22 Davidson (R) Away
10/30 McGill-Toolen (6A) Home

2008: Patton finished with 845 yards receiving for 12 touchdowns and had one kick returned for a score. He rushed for more than 200 yards and totaled more than 300 yards on special teams. He was named ASWA All-State 6A first team wide receiver.


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