Fans might be stressing over Florida’s conservative offense, but wide receiver commit Solomon Patton said he’s fine with what he’s seen so far. And he’s a receiver for crying out loud.
“I still like the stuff they’re doing now,” Patton said. “They’re still getting the fast people the ball. I know when we get down there and they get some more receivers, they’ll start spreading the ball around like they used to.”
The Mobile, Ala., Murphy receiver said he’s heard what everyone is saying about the passing game and thought that the way the Gators moved the ball against LSU was the smart way to play, considering quarterback Tim Tebow’s condition.
“I noticed that coach (Urban) Meyer had the game under control the whole game,” he said. “I could tell they were playing hard, but they weren’t releasing the beast out of them.”
Wow, a high school recruit is less worried about the offense at his future school than fans. What a world that we live in.
Patton, who plans to enroll early at UF, figures to be a slot guy in Florida’s offense. He had 845 yards and 12 touchdowns passing as a junior, and despite having to play with a long snapper at quarterback after the first two QBs went down with serious injuries, he’s already caught 39 passes for 502 yards and has five touchdowns this season. He’s also rushed the ball seven times for 171 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown.
Patton said he hasn’t looked at any other schools since committing to the Gators. Coaches at Memphis came by to talk to him, but Patton said they were “very respectful” of his commitment to Florida and backed off. How about that other school from the same state? Well, Tennessee has still been calling him up. Patton’s solution? Not answering. UT assistant Lance Thomas called him recently and Patton said he just let his phone ring. He’s just not feeling the Vols and he’s all Gator.
“I wouldn’t say I hate (Tennessee), but I feel like Florida is where I want to be, 100 percent,” he said. “I don’t see myself anywhere else but Florida. I feel like I have a real big opportunity to help early, especially with me coming in in December. That’s where I want to be.
“They need help at wide receiver and they’re winning championships and they’ve got the best coach in America. I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to go to Florida.”