Josh Patton, 6-2, 210 pound linebacker from Murfreesboro-Blackman (Tenn.) reported, "I don't officially, but things are going good. One of the main problems was last year on film I did not look big enough, but now I have gained 25 pounds. Most schools have told me to send highlights of the first three games."
Although there are no official offers at this point in time Patton is receiving attention from several schools. He said of one of those schools, "The heaviest recruiter right now is probably Navy. I got a packet with letters from everyone of their coaches wanting me to come there. They are the biggest one after me right now." He added, "The Air Force Academy and Miami Ohio are after me too."
Right now Patton is very interested in Navy. He commented, "Besides being a great program they have great facilities. It is top of the line for everything. The campus is beautiful, the education is the best in the country, and everything there is top of the line. It gives you a job right out of college."
"I haven't actually been out to Air Force, but I've been in the area since my grandparents live out there. That would be awesome too because they've had an awesome season so far. Either one of those schools provide top of the line education and facilities." said Patton.
Recently Patton's teammate, Justin Bowers, committed to Miami Ohio. Patton is impressed with Miami Ohio and their prospects. He explained, "The coaching staff is awesome. I really like them and had a great chance to talk to them. They are in Ohio which is where I am from and I like that a lot. If I get to go there with Justin that would be awesome." He went on to say of the Red Hawks, "I think there is a good chance that I could get an official offer. They haven't yet, but I think there is a good chance there."
Another program that is showing interest in Patton at this time is Western Kentucky. Patton said, "They have been in contact with me. Our Coach, coach Wells, has a brother who coaches up there and they have been in contact with me."
Patton and his teammates are hoping to turn things around in the midseason. He said of his team, "We started off a little rough. We are 2-2 and I think things are going to get under way. We are going to try and get the offense going and I think we could have a very successful season."
This week the Murfreesboro-Blackman Blaze will take on county rival Smyrna (Tenn.) in a big time region game. Patton said of Friday's game, "I expect everyone to come out and play hard." This game will be filled with several big time prospects including Patton and Bowers. Another prospect to watch in addition to the Murfreesboro-Blackman Blaze players is Smyrna (Tenn.) sophomore running back Jeremiah Bryson. Patton said of stopping Bryson, "I think the key to the game is going to be to stop Jeremiah Bryson. On offense we are going to have to punch it in and on defense we are going to have to shut him down and I think we have a good chance."