February 17, 2010

Miss. WR has successful combine showing

Memo to Tobias Singleton, Nicklos Brassell, Josh Pinkston, Donte Moncrief and : it might be time to move over and make room for one more.

Mississippi is home to a solid group of major wide receiver prospects for the 2011 class, and another name may soon be joining the already established quintet.

Philadelphia, Miss., wide receiver [db]Tyriq Patrick has yet to field an offer and has been away from the limelight, but the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder may have created an upswing in his recruitment this past weekend.

Patrick traveled to Mobile, Ala., for a Nike combine Saturday and performed at a level that will likely garner him some attention. Out of approximately 700 participants, Patrick finished fifth overall and second among several hundred wide receivers.

"I was really nervous because it was so many people," but that kind of went away when the events started," Patrick said. "I had to get focused.

"At the end, when I found out where I placed, I just said, 'thank God.' That was the only thing in my head. The hard work was paying off."

And the final showing could have actually been better. Patrick, who has ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, lost his footing in the event Saturday. On his takeoff, Patrick's knee hit the ground, and he stumbled. After recovering, Patrick finished the 40 with a time of 4.7 seconds.

"I did the 5-10-5 shuttle in 4.22 seconds, which was one of the best times, but that 40 was just bad," Patrick said. "I slipped and slipped hard. I was just proud of my time considering the slip. I held it together."

With the successful combine to use as somewhat of a resume, Patrick will quickly got back to looking for offers. He visited Ole Miss for the Rebels' first junior day and has the Southeastern Conference school at the top of his wish list, but also recognizes the importance in searching elsewhere.

"Ole Miss is still the one if I could pick a place to offer, but I'll be traveling and trying to showcase myself," Patrick said. "Whatever I can to get my name out there."

Patrick is flying to Central Michigan to take part in a junior day Feb. 27 and will return to Mississippi and visit Southern Miss the next day. His next Nike training camp is in April at LSU.

One reason for Patrick's relative obscurity is his high school offense. The Tornadoes don't throw the ball often, so it's difficult for the receiver to pile up stats or accumulate quality film. Instead, the road trips and combines are his best chance to make an impression.

"If they'll get me to their campus, I'll show them."

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