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A big commitment for a big football star

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It takes a lot of commitment to commit to a Division I school.

Tim Patrick III, senior and star quarterback and wide receiver for the varsity football team, verbally committed to Utah State University via Twitter on Oct. 18, 2017, to continue his education and football career on a full ride scholarship.

“Everything sounded right,” Patrick said. “It’s the place I want to be academically and spiritually with football.”

Patrick had been given offers from other schools as well. Division I football schools, such as the University of Notre Dame, South Dakota State University, and San Jose State University, also showed interest in him.

“I had a discussion with him before he committed,” said Tracy McNair, varsity football head coach. “I told him to pick the school he thought was best, and to not wait too long to make a decision or someone else might take his opportunity.”

Patrick has received a lot of support from the people around him. He believes that these people are the reason he has been so successful in football.

“I had plenty of mentors,” Patrick said. “My coaches, my parents, and my friends always helped me through it all.”

An opportunity like Patrick’s comes with high expectations. His success on the varsity football team at Morse will certainly give people ideas of what to expect from him at Utah State.

“I know Utah State wants me to be a contributor,” Patrick explained. “I know they want me to help them get wins, and ultimately, win the championship.”

Patrick and McNair know that college football is a very different and competitive environment compared to high school football. The pressure at playing at the next level can take out the fun of the sport.

“I told him to be ready to ‘live football’,” McNair said. “Now that he’s going to college, football becomes a business rather than just for fun.”

Patrick’s commitment to Utah State shows his commitment to football is stronger than ever.

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