June 3, 2010

Patrick has 'something to prove' at Rebels' elite camp

It's well-documented that the state of Mississippi is loaded with wide receiver prospects.

Just this week, Nickalos Brassell, Tobias Singleton and Donte Moncrief _ all wide receivers from the Magnolia State _ were named to the initial Rivals250.

Tyriq Patrick respects all of those guys. He just thinks he's better.

Starting this weekend, the wide receiver from Philadelphia, Miss., plans to prove it.

"I've got a point to prove this weekend," said Patrick, a 6-foot-3, 184-pounder who will attend Ole Miss' invitation-only elite camp Saturday. "The guys (Ole Miss) has offered, I feel like I'm better than them. I'm going to show that. I'm cool with those guys. I'm not knocking them. They're my homeboys from Mississippi, but my mentality is I'm the best receiver in the state. I'm just underrated right now."

Patrick played quarterback this spring for Philadelphia. He passed for 66 yards and rushed for 85 in Philadelphia's spring exhibition game, a 28-27 loss to Jackson Velma.

"We were focusing on next year," Patrick said. "We were running the fade on fourth-and-1, the trap on third-and-10. If we wanted to, we could've beaten them by 30."

Patrick started his camp circuit earlier this week at Memphis. After his trip to Oxford, he plans to camp at Alabama and Mississippi State. He committed to Memphis late last month and reiterated his love for the Tigers in an interview Thursday, but he admitted frustration at the lack of offers from his home-state schools, particularly Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

"How I do this weekend will determine whether Ole Miss offers," said Patrick, who has scholarship offers from UAB, Memphis and Arkansas State. "That's the frustrating part. They've seen my highlight tape and they've seen me at camp last year. …I like everybody there. They just tell me they need to see me in camp and going against some good players. It's an invite-only camp, so I'm going to showcase my talents."

Patrick said that while he planned to renew some acquaintances with other wide receivers Saturday in Oxford, he planned to treat opposing defensive backs as the enemy.

"Jermaine Whitehead is my homeboy, so I might show a little love for him," Patrick said, laughing. "I might not. But everybody else, it's just football."

Patrick said an offer from Ole Miss would "change a lot. I've just been waiting for an SEC offer this whole time. It would mean a lot. …I'm not leaving any school out. Memphis showed me love when I was a nobody so I showed them love back (by committing). I love Memphis because Memphis is going to throw the ball."

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