The goal of the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp is for players all over to get their name out there like they normally wouldn’t be able to in a normal setting. That is exactly what happened with 2016 Ottawa (CA.) CB Patrice Rene. He did more than just get his name out there, he was an absolute standout all camp and received the attention and offer to prove it.
At 6’1, 180 lbs, Patrice already holds a great deal of size for only going into his sophomore year of high school. Throughout the weekend, he showed a great combination of good hands, size, and playmaking ability. The only thing I saw that could hurt him at this point is the ability to use his feet to get into position and cutting when running. In 1v1′s he was able to make several plays on the ball and throughout the camp was a top performer, regardless of class. His stellar play earned him an offer from Akron and interest from nearly all the top schools that were in attendance. One of them being Michigan, where he will be camping at this week.
On Day 3 I was able to catch up with the young Canadian star, and see where his recruitment was at early on.
-On schools he has been talking with.. “Wisconsin, OSU, Michigan, MSU, ND, and Cincy are a few that I have talked to lately.”
-On things he likes about Michigan.. “I really like the tradition early on and not to mention they have a great coaching staff.”
-On what he is looking for in a college.. “I want to go to a school where I can develop both as a young man and a football player. I also want to have the opportunity to play both sides of the ball and multiple positions, not just CB.”
-Goals for his HS season upcoming.. “I would have to say my goal this year is to lead my team in every statistical category and just do well as a player and a team.”
-Strength and Weakness of his game, in his own words.. “I would say a strength is that I have great size and versatility. One weakness that I am really trying to work on is build better footwork, that way I can get in even better position to make plays.”
Patrice was a really well spoken young man and pretty mature for a sophomore in high school. Not to mention, he seemed pretty excited when mentioning OSU and Michigan.
Earlier that day I ran into his coach with Gridiron Academy, Victor Tedondo, and he went as far as saying that he believes that Patrice may be close to an Ohio State and Michigan offer rather soon. If Patrice keeps up the performance from this weekend, he may very well be on his way.
He brings a lot to the table and may be one of the better Canadian prospects in recent memory. The 2017 class holds another top Canadian prospect in soon to be freshman, Johnathan Sutherland, a prep RB who has big time potential.
Patrice should be a top 200 player nationally by the time his class is front and center and as of right now I would say Michigan has a pretty good connection established with him. Patrice was one of many guys who caught my eye at SMSB but he was one of few who showed potential 5* ability down the line.
*Sound Mind Sound Body Football Camp was a non profit football camp sponsored by the Lifting As We Climb Foundation.*