The 2021 Rice Football Recruiting class added another playmaker. Former New Mexico wide receiver Tre Patterson will transfer to the Owls.
It was a busy week for the 2021 Rice Football Recruiting class, which signed 18 players on the first day of the Early Signing Period. Even with the majority of their class complete, Rice wasn’t quite finished with their pre-Christmas additions. On Friday, the Owls landed a commitment from former New Mexico wide receiver Tre Patterson.
Originally from Crosby, TX, Patterson signed with New Mexico as a member of the Lobos’ 2018 recruiting class. He appeared in 20 games over three seasons, catching 15 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. That includes a long score of 62 yards (below) where he turned a short out into a breakaway touchdown.
— New Mexico Football (@UNMLoboFB) September 21, 2019
Patterson will enroll midyear and be available this spring. He joins JUCO linebacker Desmyn Baker and prep school defensive lineman Jalen Hargrove as the early enrollees in the 2021 class. He’ll round out a strong group of pass catchers already that signed on Wednesday including wideouts Jayden Folmar and Peyton Stevenson as well as tight end Jaggar Hebeisen.
Subscribers can check out takeaways from the entire 2021 class so far, as well as breakdowns of the signees on offense and defense. As things currently stand, Rice should only have a few remaining spots when they get to National Signing Day in February. Most of the Owls’ next wave of incoming players are signed and ready to go.
Patterson has good instincts to pair with his top-flight speed. Look at this scramble drill score (below). He breaks off his route when he notices his quarterback is in trouble then beats his man down the field for the score. Having someone that can make plays off script like this will go a long way at South Main.
— New Mexico Football (@UNMLoboFB) October 5, 2019