With spring practice underway, S.S. Murphy standout Solomon Patton is expecting a number of college coaches to stop in.
When it comes to LSU, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound wide receiver said that a double dose is in store.
“Coach Cooper came by here and watched me work out within the last few weeks, and he said that him or another coach from LSU would be coming back,” said Patton, who is ranked No. 44 in Scout.com’s initial Southeast 150. “Alabama, Florida and Florida State are all planning on stopping in as well, so things will be busy.”
Patton hauled in over 830 receiving yards on 43 catches in his junior campaign, making him one of the state’s top performers and earning a spot on the ASWA 6A First Team All-State squad. Add to that 200 yards on the ground and 300 yards via special teams, and the four-star wide out is one of the South’s most ideal fits for the slot position.
“Coach Cooper and everyone over at LSU has told me that I would be the perfect guy for the slot over in Baton Rouge,” Patton said. “I am not that big receiver that can work the outside, but I think that I have shown that I can make a lot happen in the middle of the field.
“I see LSU has had success with receivers, so I am definitely listening to everything that the coaches have to say.”
Attracted to a fast-paced offense, Patton said that a visit to Baton Rouge to sit down with offensive coordinator Gary Crowton is in the works.
“I came over for a track meet and wanted to get back for the spring game, but in the end I did not think it would be the best weekend to get over,” he said. “I went up to Alabama and saw their spring game instead, and it was alright.
“I definitely want to make up my trip soon though, because I was really looking forward to it,” he added. “I am going to get with Coach Cooper and see what camp he wants me to come over and see.”
Most consider Florida and Alabama as the teams to beat although Patton says that’s not necessarily true. As for other teams in the mix, he said that his big offers are holding the most weight.
“My top schools that have offered are LSU, Alabama, Florida and Florida State,” he said. “I think I have 13 total offers, but no real leaders. I will decided some time before football season, but right now I am still wide open.”