Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast outside linebacker Patrick Jean was amongst the top linebacker prospects at the recent Miami Nike Football Training Camp. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, who says he could end up at defensive end at the next level, enjoyed the competition on the practice fields during the Nike event, which was held on the campus of the University of Miami.
"I think I did great," Jean said. "The talent was pretty good. It wasn't like other camps where you can't really compete because there is nobody else there, this camp had a lot of the best players in the state. I had fun. I felt like I did a great job competing."
At this point, Jean said that five schools are showing him a lot of interest, and he claims offers from all of them.
"I have heard from FSU, Kansas, Louisville, USF, and Purdue," Jean said. "All of them have offered me."
According to Jean, his first offer came last summer while on campus at Florida State.
"Florida State was my first offer," Jean said. "They offered me last year when I attended their camp. We were on the road with Coach Shep (Aaron Sheppard of Treasure Coast). They called him and he told me that they offered me."
Jean talked a bit more about the Seminoles, where his former teammates Keelin Smith and Lamarcus Brutus are heading next year to join fellow Treasure Coast alum Jeff Luc.
"We have visited up there a lot," Jean said. "Any time that Lamarcus and Keelin go up there to visit, I go too. So I have talked with the coaches a lot."
While former teammates being in Tallahassee makes it easy to visit, Jean said it won't influence his final decision.
"I don't really think that is a factor," Jean said. "Even if those guys weren't there, I'd still like Florida State. But I am trying to look at all my options."
Florida State is far from the only school he has been on campus to so far. He talked about a visit to another in-state school, which he saw earlier this spring.
"I went to the Junior Day at USF," Jean said. "I thought it was a pretty good school. We watched their first padded practice, when they started hitting. I talked to most of the coaches there. I had a really good time."
An out-of-state school that he had an opportunity to visit last summer was Louisville. He camped at the school last summer and got to reconnect with former teammate Deon Rogers, who is a current member of Louisville football team.
"Deon (Rogers) came and showed us around a little bit. He told me more about the school and how it is, how the coaches are," Jean said. "I talked to Coach (Clint) Hurtt and Coach (Charlie) Strong. I talk to them whenever I get a chance to call."
At this point, Jean is attempting to stay even keeled with regards to his options.
"I keep them all at one level," Jean said. "When I know where I want to go, I will commit."
Jean said he is planning to visit Florida State during the summer for a 7-on-7 event. He expects to take other visits but isn't sure of anything else at this time.
As a junior, Jean recorded five sacks.