Cornerback Nigel Patten has been making a name for himself by helping his team, Miami (Fla.) Booker T Washington, win several big 7-on-7 tournaments. They recently won $10,000 at the New Smyrna (Fla.) Battle by the Beach 7-on-7 and beat out Miami (Fla.) Carol City to with the Dolphins 7-on-7 down in south Florida.
“This is the second year we won (the Battle by the Beach), $20,000 in two years. The money goes to cleats, tights and (other gear).”
“It was hot long days. We had to come out, play hard. Tampa Plant played real well. We came out well as a team. It helped us power forward as a team. I wouldn’t say I did my best, but I did alright. I had some clutch interceptions.”
He will be leaving Miami (Fla.) traveling to Indianapolis (Ind.) for another 7-on-7 tournament hosted by the National Guard that consists of elite teams from across the county. Each team represents an NFL franchise and plays to win a championship and bragging rights. Booker T Washington will be representing THE MIAMI DOLPHINS in the tournament.
“I am going to Indianapolis (Ind.) for the National Guard 7-on-7,” Patten said. “My goals are to win a championship, come back as a team healthy and stay together as a team to win it.”
Recruiting has also been going well for the 2014 prospect. “I have been getting mail from Nebraska, LSU, West Virginia and Miami. LSU is a great program and has a lot of great DBs. They like the taller guys, but they use the smaller guys to cover slot. Miami program, if everybody stays home like the 80s, it will be great. It will be a national program again. Coaches like Al Golden are getting all the top guys back in the program. I work out with guys like Brandon Harris, Brandon McGee and Ray-Ray Armstrong. Me and Brandon (Harris) were working out doing sprints yesterday.”
At 5’9 and 165-pounds, Patten is also one of the top track athletes in the state. “I have been running track since my freshman and sophomore year in the 200m. I ran against Sammy Watkins my freshman year (at state). I made an adjustment next year and ran the 400m.”