WR commit happy with UF offense

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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.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. Solomon Patton shows wisdom beyond his years, and lives up to his namesake (King Solomon). Patton’s “right-size” ego will take him far in life. He will fit in well with Coach Meyer’s philosophy, which is all about teamwork (there is no “I” in “TEAM”). Receivers like SP are essential to the Gators, because they understand that if they listen, practice and study hard, they will develop into quality football players who will not only excel at UF, but in the NFL. We do not need any “hot-shots” who are full of themselves. What we need are mature and dedicated team players who will continue our proud winning tradition and will build the “Urban Meyer Era” legacy at UF.

  2. Are you kidding me, this guy is in High School? This is exactly what makes Gator Nation so great! The coaching staff goes out and gets young MEN like this to commit and who buy into the whole team concept. I’m sure there are other kids out there who play like T.O. and who act like T.O. People like that are cancer for a team, and the team ends up divided and does not play as a UNIT. Solomon Patton, you are a MAN… can’t wait to see you play next year! UF does not need kids on it’s team.

  3. Wow is right, Edward. I think it goes to show what kind of home he comes from. Most of these kids are products of their environment (outside of the normal rebellion that we all go through as a teen). I coached baseball for twenty years and it was amazing the temperment of the kids especially when you found out how their home life was like (Portis kid is an example that was here at Florida) vs a kid like SP. Once again the coaches are finding kids that are solid on the field, but just as or more solid in attitude, the right kind of attitude.

  4. This is the type of players Florida needs to recruit and always has recruited. Even with the slight struggles we’ve had this year on offense compared to last year it’s good to see that Solomon Patton is going to keep his word. He’s smart cause he knows where the championships are won! If you want to be apart of history and have the talent to play come to GAINSVILLE!!

  5. I sure hope we get some more individules like this to play in the gator nation.Our staff continues to do a great job.We all need to understand how blessed we are.Yes i do think we will finish strong .These young men know that they will put there futures in good hands at the real u of florida.Even if they are not 5 star guys our staff will have them ready.I think our staff could go to vandy and win a championship.go gaters

  6. I sure hope we get some more individules like this to play in the gator nation.Our staff continues to do a great job.We all need to understand how blessed we are.Yes i do think we will finish strong .These young men know that they will put there futures in good hands at the real u of florida.Even if they are not 5 star guys our staff will have them ready.I think our staff could go to vandy and win a championship.go gators