November 2, 2010

Miss. wideout hoping to stay in-state

Tyriq Patrick knows the calendar is creeping toward 2011, and the months before National Signing Day are dwindling.

His opportunities to impress major programs are also evaporating with the days, so this weekend is one of the final opportunities for the Philadelphia, Miss., wide receiver to make an impact in regards to the in-state schools.

Philadelphia, who is 11-0, plays 6-4 Raliegh in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. The Tornadoes should roll, but it's more than the overall game that interests Patrick. Raleigh features Ole Miss commit and Rivals.com four-star prospect Donte Moncrief, and Patrick hopes a Rebel coach or two will take the time Friday to watch one of their prized commitments.

If Ole Miss is in attendance, Patrick thinks he can capitalize on the exposure.

"I'm so ready for Friday," Patrick said. "I really want the coaches to come down there and see it. I don't think anybody can stop me all night long - maybe one or twice but I'll get it eventually."

In most years, Patrick would likely be one of the heralded wideouts in the state of Mississippi, but it's a special season for pass-catchers in the Magnolia State, with Nickalos Brassell, Moncrief, Tobias Singleton, Josh Pinkston and Joe Morrow all highly regarded in the 2011 class.

Patrick is currently outside that group, only holding offers from ULM, Arkansas State, UAB and Memphis. He committed to the Tigers earlier this year but quickly backed off his verbal pledge.

Ole Miss remains his first wish, although any in-state school is what he's looking for.

"It's just really frustrating right now because I want to stay in Mississippi," Patrick said. "I'm hearing from Ole Miss, Southern Miss and La. Tech the most out of schools that haven't offered. On good nights we throw the ball about 10 times, so the opportunities are limited."

Patrick has 35 receptions for 439 yards and eight touchdowns for the Tornadoes. He's also run for close to 100 yards.

He received an invitation to the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic after the season. The game pits players from the northern part of Mississippi against the southern part. After Friday's game against Raleigh, it'll likely be Patrick's last chance to secure one of the offers he's holding out for.

"That's another time I'm looking forward to," Patrick said. "People are always saying I'm supposed to do this and that because of who we play. But, in that game, I'll face some good players. What'll people have to say then?"

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