-- If anyone has persistence, it's Abiola Aborishade.
"I'm still out there everyday," Aborishade told ABC News Friday. "Until I try out I'll continue to be out there."
The Nigerian-born 23-year-old is out there roughly seven hours a day, armed with his football gear, ready to show what he's got. And he says he's got a lot.
In 2014, "Aborishade set a new single-season reception record for UMass Dartmouth in an offensive shootout...," according to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he played as a wide receiver for three years.
Aborishade says he lives about 20 minutes from Gillette Stadium and grew up watching the Patriots. He identifies with a lot of them whom he says have also been on the receiving end of closed doors.
"I'm not taking no," Aborishade said. "I'm very optimistic."
A source close to the Patriots, who wished not to be identified, told ABC News he thinks Aborishade is going about it the wrong way.
"Realistically, we love the fact that he is out there showing some initiative, but can he play football for the Patriots? That's not how you do it," the source said. "The best way to get noticed is to play football. Do something spectacular on the football field and you'll be noticed."
The source added that letting Aborishade, who has now been getting a lot of attention from the media, try out for the team, would create a frenzy they aren't prepared to handle.
"How many people would be out there with a sign tomorrow? Now, we’re encouraging something that really is a waste of time on our end. It's going to be a colossal waste of time."
Aborishade said players and staff have spoken to him and encouraged him to keep pushing, and that's exactly what he says he will do.
"Like I said, I will be out there until I get my tryout," he said when ABC News shared with him what the source said.