Justin Patton is one of the best players from the McCalla, AL area in the Class of 2026.
The 5-foot, 114-pound Patton is a dynamic player that works as a quarterback, running back, defensive back and safety for the McAdory Yellow Jackets.
No matter the opponent, every game Patton is determined to give it his all.
Patton is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Patton steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to be the best I can be and keep learning,” Patton said. “I want the other team to have to grind for everything they get while I’m out there on the field.”
Patton has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Patton tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I’ve always loved football ever since I was a baby,” Patton said. “I just love how competitive it is and how you can have friendships with your teammates who are like your brothers.”
Patton has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught me so much about life in general,” Patton said. “It has taught me to never give up on anything that you set your mind to.”
Patton recalls his favorite football memory.
“In the championship game I was about to tackled and I got loose and threw the ball down the field on one leg to an open receiver that was 35 yards down the field,” Patton said. “That was a special moment that I’ll for sure never forget.”
Wayne Bender and Cedric Patton coaches Patton for the McAdory Yellow Jackets.
Mr. Patton explains the best parts of his son’s game.
“He studies his positions and puts in time on and off the field,” Mr. Patton said. “At QB he knows how to command the huddle and distribute the ball in an efficient way. At running back he knows how to find the hole and pick up chunk yards. At defensive back and safety he has a nose for the ball and is a sound tackler.”
Patton takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Patton makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by helping others and being a leader on and off the field,” Patton said. “The best advice that I give to my teammates is to work hard and just give it your best.”
Mr. Patton adds that his son is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He helps players when they don’t understand and helps puts them in the proper positions,” Mr. Patton said. “That has a contagious effect on the rest of his peers in such a positive manner.”
Patton is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have taught me how to be a better player and person on and off the field,” Patton said. “They’ve taught me that every play will not be perfect and just work hard and stay grounded and focused.”
Mr. Patton is an advocate of his son’s capabilities.
“Championship game last year he rolled out under pressure and was about to get sacked,” Mr. Patton said. “The linebacker had him by the jersey but scrambled and threw the ball on one leg to an open receiver 35 yards down the field.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Patton is developing a high level of football IQ as well.
Patton is growing into excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He sees the blitz coming and calls it out. Recognizes the defense and makes adjustments,” Mr. Patton said. “He knows the offense and once given the play from coach he repeats to team in huddle verbatim.”
Patton is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“His work ethic is off the charts. He truly wants to be great,” Mr. Patton said. “He gives 150 percent all the time. Even if it’s raining he sets up drills in the basement or garage.”
Mr. Patton explains why he compares his son to this standout.
“I would say he’s like Jalen Hurts because he can throw the ball and also tuck it and run the ball and run you over also,” Mr. Patton said. “His drive and determination and don’t quit attitude reminds me of Jalen Hurts.”
Patton patterns his play after the college quarterback.
“I look up to Jalen Hurts because he didn’t give up and he stayed focused,” Patton said. “That’s a great attitude to have and I have a lot of respect for him.”
Patton is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals on and off the field are to do everything to the best of my abilities,” Patton said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”
Patton explains his collegiate aspirations.
“I would love to play at Alabama because I have loved them since I was a baby,” Patton said. “Alabama is the best college football program ever. It would be a dream to help Alabama win another national title.”
Patton lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“My favorite subject is math because I love numbers and solving problems,” Patton said. “Math is an important subject that you need in your life.”
Mr. Patton lists the improvements that will take his son’s game to the next level.
“We are working with him on being able to throw the ball more on the run,” Mr. Patton said. “I am confident he’ll be able to improve on it.”
Mr. Patton believes the sky is the limit as long as his son continues to stay hungry.
“In my opinion he has the potential to be a great QB on the high school, collegiate and hopefully professional level,” Mr. Patton said. “He has tremendous work ethic and football IQ for a 10-year-old.”
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