• John Macon Gillespie

Cameron Patrick Eyeing Big Things

The MRA Patriots, despite losing starting quarterback Hayden Davis early in the season, made a run to the MAIS class 4A state championship game last Fall. The impressive run was guided along by a high-scoring offensive attack that averaged nearly 38 points per game. In fact, the Patriot offense scored 40 or more points in seven of 13 games in 2015.

The defense was impressive in its own right, however, allowing just 20 points per game. They gave up 14 points or less in six games.

With 18 seniors wrapping up their careers against Jackson Prep last November, the offense and the defense alike will need new faces to emerge to replace lost productions. Junior Camron Patrick could help on either side at receiver or defensive back, but he feels more confident on one side in particular.

“I feel like I’m more of a threat on the offensive side of the ball,” Patrick told SES Mississippi.

The number one goal for Patrick is to earn a scholarship opportunity to play on the next level, wherever that may be. While he is primed for a big Fall, he is also out to show his abilities this Spring. He will attend the Fortius Project on his own home turf on April 2nd.

“The competition,” Patrick offered when asked what excites him most about the camp. “Going against some of the top guys from Mississippi will be fun. Right now I’m working and practicing for the combine. It will be will be a learning experience.”

Patrick is driven by his pursuit of scholarship offers. Therefore he plans to show off the skills he possess that he feels will warrant those offers at Fortius.

“I think my competitiveness will stick out the most. I want to be the very best at anything that I’m doing,” Patrick said. “I expect to excel at my route-running. It’s a thing that I pride myself on. I’ve been coached a lot on the small details dealing with my route-running.”

The talented, young wideout is also seeking improvements. The competition from the talented peers around him around him at Fortius will propel him to another level, he feels. He will also be looking to pick up additional techniques.

“I want to learn different techniques for releasing off the ball during 1-on-1s. My coaches have taught me several different ones, but there are still some I haven’t seen yet,” He said. “I’m looking to improve my footwork, and my 40-yard dash.”

“Also, I’m trying to improve my play-making ability, and pinpointing the ball whenever it’s in the air.”

After spending much of last season in reserve roll on both sides, Patrick is eager to take advantage of more opportunity next season. He finished with five catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns. His focus is sharp with just one season left to accomplish his goals.

“Nothing motivates me more than winning a championship and receiving scholarships from schools,” Patrick said. “Seeing guys in my class receive offers drives me to work harder.”

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