Two Stand Out for 2015 Running Back

A 2015 running back prospect, Jacques Patrick was holding his own against some of the top 2014 players in the country at the IMG 7-on-7 event this weekend in Bradenton.

A running back, Patrick was using the tournament to work on his hands.

“I came out here to work on my hands.” Patrick said. “I had a pretty good showing so far. I’m just trying to improve my hands.”

At 6’2”, 200-pounds, Patrick is already on schedule to be one of the best running backs in his class and plenty of schools are taking notice. Two that stand out to Patrick are Florida and Florida State.

“It’s even right now,” Patrick said. “Florida and Florida State are tied for first but I’m still open to everybody.”

Florida was leading for Patrick before a trip to Tallahassee to see the Seminoles spring game. The time in Tallahassee gave Patrick time to meet with the coaching staff, including first year running backs coach Jay Graham, and the visit pulled FSU even with Florida.

“I got a chance to meet with coach [Jay] Graham for the first time,” Patrick said of the Seminoles new running backs coach. “I really liked him. He’s been in the NFL and that’s where I’m trying to go. He’s a real genuine guy.”

The Gators are still pursuing Patrick pretty hard and he has a summer visit scheduled for Gainesville.

“I talked to coach Muschamp two weeks ago. I’m going to go back up there for camp to work with coach White.”

Patrick still has two more years of high school football to play, so naturally he hasn’t narrowed down his list quite yet.

“June 15th I’m going to Michigan, then Notre Dame and Ohio State,” Patrick said. “I might narrow it [his list] down to 15 schools this summer because it’s kind of hard to keep up with everybody.”

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Nick de la Torre
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