Now that he has tapped the brakes on the recruiting process, Patterson (LA) outside linebacker Lorenzo Phillips has seen his scholarship options increase.
One of those is Arkansas, where Patterson (6-2, 208, 4.45) visited this past weekend for the Spring game and came away impressed.
"I've always known Arkansas is a great program, but I had never really got a chance to come up and look it over," Phillips said. "It is really nice. Great facilities, great coaches and I really love the way their players are so together. It's a big family and that really speaks to me."
Phillips – the 16th best OLB in the nation according to Scout.com - visited along with several of his Patterson teammates, including cornerback Trevon Stewart (5-10, 185, 4.5), another Razorback target.
Stewart, who had over 100 tackles last season, has offers from Southern Miss, Memphis and Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette.
"He really loves this place, too," Phillips said. "I could really see us coming up and playing together. This place is really something."
Phillips – who had 78 tackles (23 for lost yardage) forced four fumbles, recovered three and blocked two kicks - committed to Texas A&M in March, but then de-committed after taking a visit to LSU.
"I got to thinking about it on my way home from my LSU visit," Phillips said. "I called my dad and he said ‘you've only been two places.' So I decided to go look at some more places. I still might go to Texas A&M, but I want to have a look at several places."
Phillips now has offers from Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska – where he will visit this summer – Baylor, Indiana and Pittsburgh.
He's also interested in Miami, Alabama and Tennessee.
"Arkansas is, of course, now in my top five," Phillips said. "There's also LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama and Tennessee."
Arkansas is telling Phillips that he could be a force like current Razorback and fellow Louisiana product Jerico Nelson.
"He's an animal," Phillips said of Nelson. "You'd think he is a DB with that size, but they let him come up and blitz. Who wouldn't love to do that? I can really get into that."
To do so, Phillips knows he has to work on his hip movement.
"I have been working on my hips and I'm glad I have been because these guys here say you've got to have great hips to play linebacker for them," Phillips said. "They don't want big, old slow linebackers. I have been running track and I think that has helped me with that."
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