Philadelphia, Miss. wide receiver Tyriq Patrick said that his first offer would be a big one and that he would highly consider committing right away. When that first offer came, he was a man of his word, committing to Larry Porter and the Memphis Tigers. Just a couple of months later though, the three-star wide receiver is rethinking things.
"I decommitted from Memphis," Patrick said on Friday evening. "I just feel like it's too early to decide on what school I'm going to."
Patrick has told the Memphis coaches and they have been understanding of his decision. However, the decommitment does not mean that the Tigers are out of the mix.
"They respect my decision," he said. "They're still on my mind for school it's just that I want to be open to the process. There's nothing wrong with Memphis and they haven't done anything wrong."
Patrick holds offers from ULM, Arkansas State and UAB along with his Memphis offer. Among the other schools recruiting him, UAB and Southern Miss are two of the schools that have caused him the most incentive to take a step back from his commitment.
Patrick also is keeping in mind the SEC programs and has worked hard throughout the summer to earn SEC offers at camps and combines. This weekend in Tuscaloosa, Patrick will once again compete against elite competition in the BadgerSports National 7on7 event. With a loaded Mississippi squad, Patrick is confident heading into the weekend.
"We've got Donte (Moncrief), me, Joe (Morrow), Tobias (Singleton) and Nick Brassell on one team," he said. "That's enough said right there. That would mean a lot for us to win it. If we can bring it back to Mississippi that would mean a lot."
With several of his teammates considering similar SEC programs, Patrick added that there are other championships that they'd like to win together as well.
"Winning an SEC championship together, that would mean a lot also."