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Florida State offers 2015 RB Jacques Patrick of Orlando Timber Creek

It was only a matter of time before Orlando Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick received his first college scholarship offer.

The rising sophomore running back knew one was coming, but he didn’t think it would be this early or from one his favorite teams.

But sure enough, Patrick was offered in person by Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher Saturday evening after the Seminoles’ Garnet and Gold spring game.

“[Fisher] said he wanted to get ahead of the game and he wanted to offer me first because he thought I had special talent,” Patrick said. “It felt good, growing up I was Florida State/Florida fan. So to have it come from Florida State, that was special.”

Patrick (6-2, 200) ran for 1,162 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman at Orlando East River last season. He has visited Florida and UCF this spring and will take a trip to Alabama next weekend.

“I know other offers are just around the corner now,” Patrick said. “Once the first one comes, everyone is going to jump aboard the bandwagon now. That’s what people tell me.”

Patrick went to Tallahassee with his older brother Javonte Seabury (5-9, 160), who also transferred to Timber Creek this spring, with the assumption that he was just going to watch FSU’s spring game and get a first-hand view of the school’s atmosphere.

The offer was an added bonus.

“I kind of knew it would come sometime soon, but I didn’t expect it today,” Patrick said.

Seabury was in the room with Patrick when he was offered by Fisher.

“He was very happy for me,” Patrick said. “He’s going to break out next year, he’ll be a guy with 15 offers too.”

Patrick said he enjoyed meeting FSU’s coaching staff and watching the way the Seminoles used power back James Wilder Jr.

“I watched [Wilder],” Patrick said. “I guess that’s how they’d want to use me. He gets a lot of carries and I like to get a lot of carries.”

He added about the visit: “I just felt comfortable. It felt like home.”

Getting an offer from a prestigious school like FSU this early, Patrick’s recruitment has certainly taken an interesting turn. He’s been selling himself to the schools, taking visits to programs around the state as much as possible this spring.

But now that he’s on the radar, schools will likely be selling themselves to Patrick.

He is rightfully expecting increased attention and is not sure how that will impact his recruitment.

“It depends on how the recruiting process goes,” Patrick said. “If it gets out of hand real early, I might possibly be an early commit, but I want to take my time. I don’t want to make the wrong decision.”

Regardless of what decision he makes or when he makes it, Patrick is sure about one thing: FSU will always be in the mix.

“You always remember your first offer,” he said. “But I’m still young, so I got to keep my options open.” 

 Brendan Sonnone is the Sentinel's recruiting correspondent and can be reached at brendansonnone@gmail.com. Follow Brendan on Twitter at @BSonnone or Facebook at Brendan Sonone or at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.


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