WR Patton Sets First Official Visit

Andre Patton

St. Elizabeth High (Wilmington, Del.) receiver Andre Patton is looking at three schools and set a date for his first official visit. He spoke FOXSportsNEXT about his plans, and which schools remain in contention in his recruitment.

St. Elizabeth High (Wilmington, Del.) receiver Andre Patton is still in contact with three schools and he set his first official visit.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Patton told FOXSportsNEXT he will visit Rutgers the weekend of Dec. 7-9, and added he is in the process is setting up a visit to Purdue and continues to talk to West Virginia.

"Those are the schools I'm talking to," he said. "Right now it's those three."

There is little question Patton holds the most knowledge about the Scarlet Knights, which is 90 minutes from his home and a place he has frequented.

"I'm going to go up there and visit and hang out up there for a weekend," he said. "I really know everything about them because I've been up there about five times. I just want to hang with the players and the coaches and see how it is."

Patton's primary contact on the staff is linebackers coach Dave Cohen, but he added several members of the staff continue to recruit him hard.

"I talk to coach Cohen the most. I get along with him well," said Patton, who added why the official visit was so important. "I want to make sure I like it, and that I like he people up there before I make a decision."

Patton was speaking regularly with West Virginia during the spring and summer, but the interest cooled as fall began. However, he said he is back in touch with the Mountaineers staff and could make an unofficial visit for the Dec. 1 game against Kansas.

"I haven't talked to the coaches in a couple of weeks, but I might try to go to one of their games," he said. "We're not talking as much as we used to."

The other school showing Patton plenty of interest is Purdue, but he is yet to see the campus.

"They basically want me to come up there and visit and see how I like it," he said. "Right now we're trying to set a date for when I can go there and see what they're all about."

Patton's current focus is on Friday's first round DIAA Division II playoff game against Caravel Academy, and he figures to play a big part.

He is splitting time between running back and receiver and having success at both. He carried 88 times for 530 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he has 46 catches for 725 yards and eight scores.

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