When Kansas State took an early commitment from Dallas W.T. White athlete Leon Patton, the Wildcats knew he could play a number of different positions. That's why they recruited him as an athlete. However, the 5-foot-7, 174-pound three-star prospect stars as a running back for his team and he's turned out to be a darned good one, too.
This season, Patton has 882 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, which leads his team. He also leads his team with 299 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
"I've been real excited about my play," Patton said. "I've been working hard at making sure that I can keep breaking tackles. I run through what we call the dungeon – it's that machine that has the arms that stick out and you have to run through it. That has really helped me get better at staying on my feet with the ball in my hands."
Patton, however, will get a chance to hit an opponent back for the first time this week against Dallas Skyline. The game will decide who gets a playoff spot in his district and Patton is going to play everything to help his team win.
"I'll be at running back and doing returns like I always do," Patton said. "But this week, I'll be back at free safety. That way I can finally hit somebody instead of them always hitting me."
Patton said he's a very solid Kansas State commitment and there are no worries about his pledge to the Wildcats.
"I talk to coach Bob Elliott every week," Patton said. "We always talk about how I did and how they did. I think they're doing pretty good this season. I was a little upset about the loss against Tech. I was frustrated and wanted to get out there and help them. I think this weekend's game against A&M will be a good one."
Patton said he's not sure when he's going to take his official visit to Manhattan.