Patterson Impresses at Scout Camp at Auburn

Jamal Patterson has a large number of scholarship offers and it was easy to see why with his performance in Auburn at the Southeast Elite Camp.

Auburn, Ala.--The Southeast Elite Camp held at Auburn University on Sunday was loaded with Division I type football prospects. One of the players who stood out among the high school stars is a guy who is already popular with college recruiters, wide receiver Jamal Patterson from Henry County High in McDonough, Ga.

Showing good hands, track sprinter speed and all-around coordination combined with excellent size and even better academic credentials, it's no wonder that Patterson already has more than 40 scholarship offers even though he still isn't finished with his junior year of high school.

A player who broke into the starting lineup at the end of the season as a ninth grader, he put up impressive numbers last fall with 44 catches for 933 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Those kind of numbers have sparked the interest of the Auburn coaching staff. AU assistant, Hugh Nall, has already offered Patterson a scholarship and the wide receiver notes he is very interested in the Tigers.

"I talked to Coach Nall last night and he told me he couldn't come out and see me at the camp because it would be a recruiting violation," the receiver says.

"I had no idea Auburn was this close to home," adds Patterson, who notes that AU is a college he is seriously considering. "Coach Nall told me that Coach Tony Franklin (Auburn's new offensive coordinator) has put in a new offense and they are really looking for athletic, play-maker type of receivers and they would like me to come down here."

Auburn's 2009 signee class has a slot filled for a big, athletic quarterback who teamed up with Patterson on Sunday to help the wideout stand out at the camp that attracted prospects from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Tennessee. Quarterback Raymond Cotton says he enjoyed throwing the football to Patterson and the feeling was mutual.

"Raymond is a great quarterback," Patterson says. "This was the first time I met him and we became good friends. We exchanged numbers and we are going to keep in contact with each other. I love the way he throws the ball. He got it in there fast and the quicker it comes in there the quicker you can make a move."

Patterson, who notes that he recently turned 17 years old and is still growing, says he currently stands at 6-3, 203 pounds. An honors program student good enough to attract college scholarship offers even if he didn't play sports, the junior says he has a 4.56 grade point average. He notes that five of his offers are from Ivy League schools.

"I am interested in majoring in psychology and sports management," he says. "I picked psychology because I went to a summer youth program as a mentor and enjoyed that. I also mentored for a career day in the middle school. It is like a Big Brother program. It hurts me to see what some kids go through at their houses. If I lead by example, I can encourage them to do better and that means a lot to me."

Jamal Patterson

An athlete who earned All-State honors in track and field as a sophomore, he will be competing in the regionals in that sport on Monday and Tuesday trying to qualify for the state meet. He runs the 110-meter (14.56 career best) and 300 hurdles (38.8) and competes on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

After track season the football pads go on again for drills that start May 12th. The session concludes with a spring game on May 23rd. At the rate he is picking up scholarship offers, Patterson will probably be halfway to 100 by then. The wide receiver says he appreciates each program that has offered.

There are so many high school athletes out there and that they decided to give me one means a lot to me," he says.

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