HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The class of 2011 is proving to be a strong year for wide receivers in the state of Mississippi. With lots of talent already exposed and holding numerous offers, there are more players that continue to emerge. One of those players is Tyriq Patrick out of Philadelphia, Miss.
Patrick attended Rivals.com's Five-Star Academy at Southern Miss over the weekend and even in street clothes gave a glimpse of the characteristics that are attracting college coaches. Patrick measured in at 6-foot-2.5 and weighed 184 pounds with long arms and a good frame. Add that frame to a great performance at a recent Nike Combine and it becomes clear that Patrick is a jewel.
However, a jewel or not, Patrick remains in the rough and has yet to pick up his first scholarship offer.
"Memphis and Southern (Miss.) so far and probably Mississippi State [are closest to offering," Patrick said. "They said that I need to get my film in and catch a few balls and that's it."
As a wide receiver, having a lot of catches under your belt is usually pretty important, but playing in a run-heavy offense, Patrick was unable to showcase the receiving skills he needed to. He hopes to remedy that with plans to camp at the LSU Nike Camp, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Michigan and Alabama camps.
Patrick is just looking for opportunities at the next level and though he grew up a fan of Ole Miss, whoever offers first will likely find a special place in his heart.
"Hopefully I'll make my decision by December but whoever offers me first, I might commit to them," he said. "That first offer is the biggest thing to me. They gave me the opportunity and I appreciate that. I feel that I'm good enough for them right now with a scholarship so that's pretty good."
Patrick names Ole Miss as the school that has been recruiting him the longest and the school that is highest on his list but he has positive things to say about several of the programs that are showing him attention.
"I like Memphis because of the job opportunities," he said. "If I don't play football, I can get a job.
"Ole Miss is a family school and I know everybody.
"Mississippi State, I'll get the opportunity to play as a freshman. They said they'll give me the ball any time I need it.
"Southern Miss, it's a family school and they pass the ball so that's pretty good.
"Alabama is just like our offense in high school so I'll be going right into my offense so that's pretty good right there."
Patrick is still working to gain weight, get faster and get stronger. He already has plenty to offer though.
"I'm a deep threat," he said. "With my speed, I can separate from players. With my body frame, I can run people over. I block pretty good. I run my routes real well. I'm an all-around player. I can make big plays."