At 5-foot-9, 165-pounds, Solomon Patton is the perfect fit for a slot receiver.
His work on the field, of course, speaks to the claim.
Patton recorded over 830 yards receiving on 43 catches last season, scoring 12 touchdowns in the process. He also rushed for over 200 yards and totaled over 300 yards on special teams.
Head coach Les Miles liked what he saw, which landed Patton the offer that he had been waiting on.
“My speed gets a lot of coach’s attention, and LSU tells me that they really like how my hands look,” he said. “This weekend I am getting down to Baton Rouge for a visit, so I hope to sit down and talk more about everything with the coaches, because I am definitely interested.”
Patton, who will arrive on Friday, said that the weekend should allow him to get some answers about the program that he has been pondering.
“When I talk to coach Cooper he tells me that they have big things in store for me,” he said. “I want to know what big things he is thinking about. LSU is a great program, so to hear something like that is exciting.
“I like the fast-paced offense that keeps things quick, so LSU is definitely running packages that I like,” added Patton. “My offensive coordinator and his wife are coming with me, because they know some people that live right by campus, so staying close will also give me an experience of what the college life is like.”
As for other schools in the mix, Patton is keeping things close to home.
“I like Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Southern Miss and LSU,” he said. “The good thing about LSU is that it is not too far for me, because distance will be big. Right now I would say those are my top schools.”
With Baton Rouge on the horizon, Patton said that he is counting down the days.
“I was over on the LSU campus a couple of weeks ago for a track meet, and all I got to see was the outside of the stadium. I am ready to see everything up close, so I can hardly wait.”
Of course, while he did not leave with memories of the Tiger football program on his last visit to Baton Rouge, the 4-star did take one thing home with him.
“I saw Mike the Tiger, and he was a big ole’ dude,” Patton said with a laugh. “I took a picture with him, and I will drop by and see him again this weekend.”