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April 24, 2009Nick Patti is used to being the youngest of the quarterback competitors whenever he travels around to the various combines like Friday's Nike Elite 11 at Georgia's Woodruff Practice Facility.
A rising sophomore at Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, Fla., Patti was actually making his second trip to Athens after competing in the event last spring before officially enrolling in school.
"Everywhere I go guys are older than me, but I don't mind," Patti said after making the final group in Friday afternoon's competition stage. "Coming out here really helps me get better."
Despite competing against prospects as much as three years older than he, the 5-10, 175-pound Patti more than held his own.
"I think I showed pretty good poised," he said. "I think I've got a pretty good demeanor about me. I'm usually pretty calm when I'm out there."
Patti, who has already attended Nike camps at Florida and Miami, has already received letters from Wake Forest but hopes to start receiving info from other schools soon.
"That's why coming out to camps like this is important because it helps get your name out there," Patti said. "It's a great way to build relationships and that's what I'm trying to do."
When asked what school he would one day like to attend, he rattled off a number of programs. Heading his wish list include Clemson, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
He said he hopes to get back to Athens again.
"I love this school. The facilities are amazing," he said. "Athens is pretty nice, too. It's an old college town. I love it."
South Paulding QB impresses
Rising junior Tony Daniel of South Paulding High is another young quarterback hoping to introduce his name to college recruiters.
His showing in Friday's Elite 11 certainly won't hurt.
Like Patti, Daniel (6-5, 185) made the final group by consistently hitting his targets throughout the nearly three-hour camp.
"My accuracy was really on today," said Daniel, whose favorite school is Tennessee. "I've still got some work to do on my drops and my footwork can be better. But that's the reason I like coming to camps like this. I was able to get a bunch of good tips."
Oklahoma verbal gets his work in
Blake Bell of Wichita, Kan. said he enjoyed his conversations with Georgia coaches during the recruiting process. But in the end Oklahoma just felt right to him.
"It was just a better fit," said Bell, who committed to the Sooners on April 3. "Obviously, it's a great program. Georgia is, too, but in the end Norman was where I wanted to go."
Last year Bell completed 215 of 337 passes for Bishop-Carroll High with 34 touchdowns, while rushing for 327 yards and 12 scores.
This and that
Other quarterbacks who participated in Friday's Elite 11 included Alabama commitment Blake Sims of Gainesville High, plus two players being considered by Georgia coaches ? Barry Brunetti of Memphis University and Hutson Mason of Lassiter. ? Over 260 players from across the state will be among the approximately 400 players in attendance for Saturday's Nike Training Camp which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.