The pandemic impacted high school football across Iowa last fall. None of the programs were impacted more than the Des Moines Public Schools.
Choosing to go all on-line learning, they were prohibited by Governor Kim Reynolds from participating in extracurricular activities. Schools needed to offer at least partial in-person learning to participate. Those teams played two games before their seasons were shut down.
Roosevelt sophomore quarterback Jamison Patton made those contests count. His performance resulted in camp invites to Iowa State (June 8), Missouri (June 13), Iowa (June 25) and Miami, Ohio (July 25).
"I started hearing from (Iowa) after my second and last game of sophomore season," Patton told HN. "(The Hawkeye coaches) said they like my size and how I can move. They also like how versatile I am and how good of an athlete I am."
Patton (6-2, 190) could end up being offered college scholarships at multiple positions. He excels in football, basketball and baseball for the Roughriders.
In two football games in the fall, he threw for 367 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 62 yards and a pair of scores. He was named honorable mention all-state. He averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 rebounds during basketball.
In four games so far this baseball season, Patton has hit .304 with a home run, a double, 5 runs, 7 RBI and four steals. He earned all-conference honors as an eighth-grade third baseman in 2019. Last season was canceled by the pandemic.
The 15-month, COVID-19-related recruiting dead period that ended June 1 and a busy schedule as a three-sport athlete has Patton's recruitment at the beginning stages. And that includes the in-state schools.
"I really don’t know much about Iowa, but I know that they have a great program over there and they send a lot of great players to the NFL," he said
Patton said he's built his strongest relationships so far with the staffs at Iowa, Iowa State and Missouri.
Here's a look at his abbreviated sophomore highlights in football: