Defensive back Nigel Patten landed a big time offer from the hometown Hurricanes yesterday afternoon.
Patten was waiting on a Miami offer and received the good news right before track practice.
It was a special day for the feisty cover corner out of Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington.
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Earlier that morning he learned Rivals.com listed him as a four-star prospect just outside of the Rivals250.
Patten stated, "I saw that I was a four-star, but I'm trying to be a 5-star. I'm going to keep working hard. I ran 10.5 in the 100 meters at track practice, so I'm going to keep pushing."
The Bulldogs haven't offered, but he is very interested in their program. The 'Noles were the first school to offer and he has been to campus a few times before. He likes how FSU produces defensive backs.
The Miami offer was a bit of surprise for the 5-foot-9, 160-pound defender. He was in touch with the 'Canes coaching staff, but didn't know they were going to pull the trigger that early.
"Coach Barrow called coach (Tim) Harris and he put me on the phone. I talked to Coach (Mark) D'nofrio and he told me I have an offer. It's a great school that's close to home," noted Patten.
This spring he is working out with former Miami and Booker T. Washington alumni Brandon Harris. Harris plays for the Houston Texans and has worked with Patten during the summer off-season.
Last fall, Patten collected 32 tackles, four interceptions, and thirteen pass break ups while leading his team to the Class 4A state championship.