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Perrysburg's Patterson to play football at Miami (Ohio) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Schmeltz Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 June 2013 22:56
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Nate Patterson
PERRYSBURG – It can be generally assumed hard work will pay off in a positive way more times than not.
When it comes to Perrysburg senior tight end Nate Patterson, that assumption could not be any truer.
On Wednesday, Patterson committed to play football at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound blocking specialist will receive a full athletic scholarship.
“I had talked with their recruiting coach and then the next time they came to Perrysburg he said, ‘Hey we have an offer for you,’” Patterson said. “So after that, I wanted to get a visit just to make sure.”
Patterson attended a football camp at Miami in mid-June. Following the camp, he was confident that he wanted to become a Redhawk.
He also drew interest from Bowling Green, Toledo, Kent State and Akron.
“When I went down for their camp and before that they had fit in time for an official visit, they took me on a tour of the campus and met most of the coaches,” Patterson said. “I had a pretty good idea going into the camp and all I needed to do was meet the head coach, coach (Don) Treadwell.
“I watched how the coaches ran the camp and I just felt like that’s where I fit best.”
Treadwell will be entering his third season as head coach at Miami. He led the Redhawks to a 4-8 record last season, including 3-5 in the Mid-American Conference.
Perrysburg head coach Matt Kregel said Patterson started receiving attention after the conclusion of last season when Perrysburg was 8-3 overall. The Yellow Jackets fell to Avon in the first round of the Division I playoffs.
“It’s really Nate’s blocking that has attracted all the attention,” said Kregel, who will be entering his eighth season as head coach in the fall. “He’s a great, great blocker at the point of attack. His receiving skills and his agility, he has really worked hard at improving.”
Patterson, who plays in a system that does not highlight the tight end, caught 15 passes, including three touchdowns last season. Kregel said he expects at least double that production next year.
“From a personal standpoint, with Nate, we have never had a guy who has worked harder,” Kregel said. “He has earned it through putting in the workout time and getting bigger and stronger.
“Since he was in the ninth grade, he was a standout in our summer workouts. And that’s kind what has set him apart from other guys.”
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