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.”