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Kingfisher's Derek Patterson commits to Tulsa

Bob Przybylo Modified: May 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm •  Published: January 29, 2011

It’s good to see good things happen to good people. I wasn’t sure if Kingfisher’s Derek Patterson was going to be able to find a home in college football.

He’s such a great athlete in several different ways, but I wasn’t sure if there was one way that he would actually stand out. A top-notch quarterback. Solid in the secondary. Anchors the basketball team at point guard. A leader on the baseball team.

But Patterson has found a home at Tulsa. Patterson had a meeting with Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship on Saturday and committed to the Golden Hurricane to play football.

“I’ve known a bunch of coaches here, and it’s a natural fit,” Patterson said. “I was playing basketball last night. And me and my dad drove up here and got to Tulsa like at 12:45 in the morning. It’s been a crazy 24 hours.”

Patterson said he is being recruited as an athlete. I could see him as a defensive back or wide receiver. He’s a natural leader so he’ll find a home somewhere.

Patterson accounted for more than 3,000 total yards of offense, throwing for 20 touchdowns and rushing for 16 more. He also had four interceptions on defense.

Patterson said he was also considering Southern Nazarene and Northeastern State but admits he was getting a little nervous having not committed anywhere this close to signing day.

Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers told Patterson that Tulsa planned on getting in touch with Patterson this week so Patterson was waiting and waiting. Call came Thursday night. Scott Wright and myself put Patterson at punter on the Little All-City team just because we were trying to get him on there someway. He’s earned it, that’s for sure.

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Robert Przybylo, bprzybylo@opubco.com

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