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- ITG TV: Video from spring practice
- Behind the Scenes look at recruiting under Dan Mullen
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After visiting Florida for the Orange & Blue Game on Thursday, Eustis (Fla.) three-star wide receiver Tyree Patterson had nothing but good things to say about his second trip to Gainesville in the last couple of weeks.
"It went good," said Patterson. "I loved it. All of the coaches, you know, were happy when they saw me. I felt welcomed once again you know. I talked with coach Billy Napier and he was just saying how he loved my film and he wanted me to be a Gator and why I stand out from all the other wide receivers he’s seen.
After the visit, he made sure to make it clear where the Gators stood.
"They're No. 1 on my list right now," said Patterson.
Less than 24 hours later, and nine days after first being offered, he pulled the trigger for Florida.
"I've been thinking [about committing] for a long time, but it all went down yesterday [Saturday] when I was in the car with my dad," explained Patterson. "I spoke with coach Billy Napier, him and the whole staff was happy."
The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder said that his bond with the coaches is what put Florida over the top.
"The reason I committed was because of my relationship with the whole coaching staff," he said. "Since day one, they have shown me that UF can be home. The environment and everything in Gainesville is just amazing and I can see myself in that Orange and Blue. Plus coach KC [Kerry Colbert] is a big-time wide receiver coach and I’d love for him to coach me and help me better my skills for the next level."
Patterson said that next up he will be focusing on spring football from the end of April through May and then will take his official visit to Florida in June.
Besides Florida, early on Patterson said that he was mostly looking at two other programs.
"Liberty University, but also maybe UCF if they ever offer me," he said. "I would like to visit UCF."
Though he is aware of his three-star ranking being a focal point of the fanbase, Patterson said he believes he is being a bit overlooked.
"I mean everyone I talk to says I should be ranked higher, but I don’t really care about the ranking," said Patterson. "I feel they [those who do the rankings] aren't right, but I’m just focused on my game and making myself better. Ranking doesn’t mean anything."
As for actual production, he said he had 53 catches for 1078 yards for a 7-3 team last season.
Patterson is the No. 827 ranked prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.
The Inside Scoop: If we're being honest, this isn't the home run commitment many were hoping for after the star-studded lineup of visitors Florida hosted on campus over the last six weeks. When it comes to rankings, it isn't where you start, but rather where you finish. It will be interesting to see how his ranking takes shape over the course of spring and summer. Remember, at one time last summer, former commit Jayden Gibson was ranked as a 5.5 three-star on Rivals – and by the time it was all said and done ended up as the No. 58 rated prospect in the nation by that very same recruiting service. Rankings go up and down. If there is anything troubling here it is that he himself told us that the other program showing the most interest was Liberty and he was hoping UCF would offer. Eustis is right outside of Orlando, so it isn't like the Knights don't know about him, but they, along with 60-some other Power 5 programs, just didn't think he was good enough to earn an offer to this point. We'll see if he can prove them wrong.