Athletic 6-3, 260 Adam Patterson from Richland Northeast High is a dominant force on defense and has schools from all across the country hoping to sign him in February. After putting recruiting on the backburner to concentrate on his senior season, Patterson says that he's already scheduled visits and is ready to get the show on the road.
"I'm starting to get some dates down now and that will be nice," Patterson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm taking a trip down to Auburn on the 27th of January. I made that my last one because I promised the coach (Terry Price) that I would not make any decision until I went to see him. I'm going to make them my last official.
"I'll be going to be N.C. State on Jan. 20th and Tennessee on Jan. 13th and Penn State either the 6th or 7th,". I'm thinking about whether or not to go up there. Those are the schools I'm really paying close attention to."
Patterson is a physical player who could see action at either end or tackle on the next level.
A visitor to Auburn for the Ole Miss game during the season, Patterson says the trip gave him a chance to see what the program has to offer and how he would fit in. Despite a lackluster game that the Tigers controlled from beginning to end, he notes that he enjoyed the experience and it put Auburn high on his list.
"I like them as a team and I like how they play," Patterson says. "They play real hard defensively. They just get after it up there. That's what I really like about Auburn. I just felt real comfortable being around them.
"I'm also real comfortable with the colors because my school is also orange and blue. I just feel real comfortable with Auburn.
"It was very good, very good," he adds. "I just wish that I could have went to a bigger game so I could see what it's really like and how loud the crowd can really get."
Part of one of the top defenses in South Carolina in 2005, Patterson's play up front helped Richland Northeast advance all the way to the state championship game before its run came to an end. Despite that Patterson says he couldn't have asked for any more out of his last season as a high school player.
"It was great," he says. "I just don't believe any senior would want to have it any better than to go out like I went out. I went out with a very good football team. We were like a family. We had a lot of trust. We made it all the way to the state championship. This is the way I would have wanted it. I think it's the way any senior would have wanted it, to go out the same way I've gone out."
Honored for his play as a senior, Patterson is one of 46 players from the state selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Bowl All-Star game that will be played Dec. 17th in Spartanburg, S.C., when South Carolina takes on North Carolina at Wofford College. He says that just having the chance to play in a game he's watched all his life is a huge honor.
"I have to be there this weekend," Patterson says. "The game is on that following Saturday (Dec. 17th) I believe. This is real big. I'm anxious to see how my skills compare to everyone else's in the state of South Carolina. I'm anxious to see how I fare against North Carolina's best. It's something I'm really looking forward to."