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Monday News and Notes: Ronald Patrick Commits and More

The biggest news for today is that we signed Cocoa, FL offensive lineman Ronald Patrick. Per Gamecock Anthem,

Patrick chose the Gamecocks over offers from ECU, Western Kentucky, New Mexico and Middle Tennessee State. He was also receiving interest from Michigan State, Purdue and Tennessee.

So, while Patrick had yet to receive offers from big-time programs, it appears he may have been on the road to having done so. Hopefully, we've managed to pick up a sleeper before anyone else got to him. There are some questions about Patrick's height (he's 6'1), but he's a powerful blocker. He also seems to have his heart in the right place, claiming that

"I wanted to help do something special. That's basically what it is."

Welcome aboard. The fact that some of these players aren't highly rated gives a little pause, but most of them seem to be high-potential guys, so I'll take the coaches at their words. It's also worth noting that it's still early in the process. Many of these guys will be reevaluated later and will receive more stars in the process.

A few other tidbits: