Weighing in at close to 150 pounds in the third grade, Golden Gate’s Patrick Volcy was taken away from what he perceived to be the glamorous life of a skill position player before getting started. He spent four years in the trenches on the offensive line during Pop Warner.
“You learn early on that the offensive line doesn’t get any of the credit, but you know, as a team, they do the work,” Volcy said.
Even as an injury on his eighth-grade squad provided him the chance to play receiver, Volcy never lost sight of that. Ranked as the No. 12 recruit in Southwest Florida by The News-Press, he’s brought a physical mentality to the receiver position for which most college coaches yearn.
“Not too many receivers like to block. They just want the ball,” Volcy, a senior, said. “But a lot of my coaches always say that if you don’t block, you can’t get the rock.”
The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder’s blocking on the outside last season was instrumental in jumpstarting Golden Gate’s rushing attack, which amassed 219 yards per game. More times than not, an opposing cornerback was left backpedaling and was completely removed from the play thanks to Volcy.
The glitz of his position never caught on, Titans coach Mike DiGrigoli said. It’s never been about yards and touchdowns.
Getting Golden Gate, which finished 6-4 a year ago, to the playoffs has always been the top priority.
“We always have the greatest athletes in Collier County. We just have to put it together,” Volcy said.
Frequently double-teamed or bracketed last season, Volcy still managed 13 catches for 303 yards and five scores, which included a few signature moments.
He scored three touchdowns against Miami Goleman in the season opener, demonstrating the characteristics of a complete receiver with one on a post pattern, another on a hitch where he ran 40 yards for the score and another on a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage where he reached the end zone from 40 yards out.
Volcy’s path to catching the ball differs greatly from the burners Southwest Florida has produced in the past. His physicality forces defenders to make a decision at the line of scrimmage.
“Either give him space or match force with force,” DiGrigoli said. “Patrick’s got such great leverage and he’s so physical that it’s hard to match him force with force.”
The four-year starter plays in the secondary, serves as a return man and is a bullet on the punt team, further cementing his versatility. He holds offers from UConn, UMass, Appalachian State and Western Illinois. Wake Forest, UCF, Iowa State and Florida International have also expressed interest.
DiGrigoli expects Volcy to be a full academic qualifier once his ACT scores come in from the June 6 test. At that point, he’ll take official visits.
“I’m trying to figure out which school is best for me athletically and academically,” Volcy said. “I’m looking for a coach who’s going to be there for me through thick and thin, who has my back. I want a program that’s going to develop me to get ready for the (NFL) and as a man.”
About The Big 15
Since July 3, The News-Press has published a profile on a standout football recruit every Tuesday and Friday. Players going into their junior and senior years were considered from both Lee and Collier County, with respect paid to those with hard scholarship offers and those without who possess great potential. The top 15 candidates were named and ranked, with the last story focusing on the very best recruit in Southwest Florida.