June 18, 2016
The Arkansas Razorbacks got a huge lift in their 2017 recruiting efforts, landing junior college tight end Jeremy Patton.
Patton announced his commitment on Twitter, saying “I will be continuing my journey at the University of Arkansas!”
Patton is a highly touted recruit in 2017. The Arizona Western standout is rated a 4-star prospect, No. 1 JUCO tight end, No. 1 JUCO player in Arizona and No. 4 overall JUCO player, per 247Sports.
He is an impressive physical specimen at 6’6″ and 230 pounds and a difficult matchup for college defensive backs and linebackers.
Per Richard Davenport of Whole Hog Sports, Patton had an impressive freshman season at Arizona Western with 316 yards and four touchdowns on 17 catches, which led to offers from at least 27 schools, including SEC rivals Alabama and Auburn.
The Razorbacks are having a strong week of recruiting. In addition to Patton, head coach Bret Bielema‘s team has nabbed commitments from former Texas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson and two-way player Jordon Curtis.
Patton is the clear standout among the trio because of his talent and the role he fills for the program. Arkansas lost Hunter Henry to the NFL in April, and Jeremy Sprinkle is entering his senior season.
Tight ends have played a huge role in Bielema’s offense since he took over at Arkansas in 2013. Henry finished second on the team in receptions and yards each of the last three years.
Walking into a situation that will likely require him to play a lot right away had to intrigue Patton. He’s joining a program that has increased its win total each of the last two years and is only getting stronger under Bielema’s watch.
This marriage has the potential to take Arkansas’ offense to the next level as it looks to keep up with SEC West powers such as Alabama, Mississippi and LSU in the future.
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