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Written by Andrew Spivey, February 23, 2014, 3 Comments,
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Melbourne, Florida was the host of this weekend’s Pylon 7-on-7 tournament and former Gator Keiwan Ratliff had his Orlando team in the tournament.

One member of Ratliff’s Rat Pack team is running back Jacques Patrick (6-2, 225, Orlando, FL Timber Creek) who calls playing for a former NFL player an honor.

“I enjoy playing for high intensity guy like Keiwan Ratliff,” Patrick said. “He’s going into the Hall of Fame at Florida so he knows what he’s doing out on the field. It’s an honor to play for a guy like Coach Ratliff in 7 on 7.”

Moving to recruiting Patrick says that Ratliff doesn’t push Florida on him but that the Gators are high on his list with another visit to Gainesville in the works.

“Florida is in my top 10 right now,” Patrick said. “I’m not sure when but I will definitely be getting back up to Florida for another visit very soon.”

When new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper arrived at Florida he brought his spread offense with him to Gainesville but he has made sure to inform Patrick –a power back– that he’s needed in Gainesville.

“I talked to Coach Roper a few times now,” Patrick said. “He showed me some things that they are going to run and he showed me how I could fit into his offense. He broke it down to show me how there was a need for me at Florida.”

Now that Patrick has narrowed his list down to a top 10 he’s now more focused on finding his final school of choice and he knows what he wants to find at that school in the end.

“I want to find a place that I’m comfortable at,” Patrick said. “I want to find a school with good academics and good coaches too.”

Some people around Patrick have said that he would take his decision to National Signing Day but that doesn’t seem to be the case now.

“I plan to make my final decision in October,” Patrick said. “I plan to make my five official visits and then announce in October. They only way I won’t announce in October is if I haven’t gotten all of officials in yet.”

Andrew Spivey

About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

  1. snowprintFebruary 23, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Since when is Keiwan Ratliff going into the UF Hall of Fame? I don’t think h was even an All-American or All-Conference. These kids will believe anything.

    • Andrew Spivey
      Andrew SpiveyFebruary 23, 2014, 6:29 pm

      He goes into the hall of fame this spring. Ratliff was an all-American and also defensive player of the year. Ratliff also was a two All-Sec team member

    • Chosen12395February 23, 2014, 8:14 pm

      Guess you were all sorts of WRONG on your assessment huh?

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Melbourne, Florida was the host of this weekend’s Pylon 7-on-7 tournament and former Gator Keiwan Ratliff had his Orlando team in the tournament.

One member of Ratliff’s Rat Pack team is running back Jacques Patrick (6-2, 225, Orlando, FL Timber Creek) who calls playing for a former NFL player an honor.

“I enjoy playing for high intensity guy like Keiwan Ratliff,” Patrick said. “He’s going into the Hall of Fame at Florida so he knows what he’s doing out on the field. It’s an honor to play for a guy like Coach Ratliff in 7 on 7.”

Moving to recruiting Patrick says that Ratliff doesn’t push Florida on him but that the Gators are high on his list with another visit to Gainesville in the works.

“Florida is in my top 10 right now,” Patrick said. “I’m not sure when but I will definitely be getting back up to Florida for another visit very soon.”

When new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper arrived at Florida he brought his spread offense with him to Gainesville but he has made sure to inform Patrick –a power back– that he’s needed in Gainesville.

“I talked to Coach Roper a few times now,” Patrick said. “He showed me some things that they are going to run and he showed me how I could fit into his offense. He broke it down to show me how there was a need for me at Florida.”

Now that Patrick has narrowed his list down to a top 10 he’s now more focused on finding his final school of choice and he knows what he wants to find at that school in the end.

“I want to find a place that I’m comfortable at,” Patrick said. “I want to find a school with good academics and good coaches too.”

Some people around Patrick have said that he would take his decision to National Signing Day but that doesn’t seem to be the case now.

“I plan to make my final decision in October,” Patrick said. “I plan to make my five official visits and then announce in October. They only way I won’t announce in October is if I haven’t gotten all of officials in yet.”

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