Georgia high school running back Cross Patton, the teenage son of legendary Outkast rapper Big Boi, committed to the Oregon Ducks on Friday.
Patton, a diminutive speed back out of Woodward Academy (Atlanta, Ga.), stands just 5-foot-7 and 185 pounds, but has proven to be incredibly elusive. He picked the Ducks as a preferred walk-on rather than accept a scholarship offer from a handful of Division I FCS programs including Butler, Columbia, Seton Hall and Virginia State.
While Patton fits the mold of past hip hop recruits as a celebrity addition that brings gloss to a school’s recruiting class – in the mold of Puff Daddy’s son Justin Coombs and Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus, both of whom committed to UCLA – Patton may have a better chance at success. The senior has long been counted out as undersized but was wise enough to pick a program that has always been built around blinding speed, something he has in spades.
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Source: USA Today