Big Spring For Big Receiver

McDonough, Ga.—Receiver prospect Jamal Patterson of Henry County High School is having a big spring.

On Saturday he won the state championship in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.5. On the football recruiting front, he drew early offers from several top programs like Auburn, Clemson, Florida and LSU and just recently added four more to the long list.

"Michigan, Ole Miss, N.C. State and Marshall offered," Patterson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers of his most recent scholarship offers. However, Patterson and the Warhawks are in the middle of spring practice gearing up for another playoff run in 2008. "I'm just trying to focus on the team right now," Patterson explains. "All of these offers, any offer from any school no matter where it's from is an honor regardless because there are so many players out there that I know of right now in the recruiting game, but still, I'm just focusing on my team right now."

Henry County won Region 4A-AAA last season with a 10-2 overall record, but was knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by Westover. "We just started this week. The team is looking real good. We're bringing back 19 starters. I think we should win it all this year. We've got a lot of talent."

Patterson says he's up to 6-3, 202 and will also be used at safety in third and long situations on defense as well as his role at receiver, where he shined at the Armour camp in Auburn in late April. Auburn is one of the schools high on his list, though he hasn't narrowed it down much as of yet.

"I'm open right now because I haven't had a chance to visit a lot of campuses," he says. "I haven't visited Auburn yet officially, but I was down there and I loved it down there." Patterson also made friends with quarterback Raymond Cotton, an Auburn commitment, while he was at the camp.

"I talk to him every day," Patterson says of Cotton. "He's not putting on the pressure. We just talk about anything, not just Auburn football."

Patterson is shown lined up against Dre Kirkpatrick.

With scholarship offers to just about any school he chooses in the Southeast, Patterson isn't sure about a timeline for making a decision since he didn't get to take many visits this spring. "I don't even know right now," he says. "If something is so good right then and there, then I'll take it.

"I'll be looking at academics first of all, because that's why I'm going to college, a good bond with the coaching staff and a chance to play early," Patterson adds.

Living in McDonough, Ga., which is just South of Atlanta down I-75, Patterson is within a short distance of a handful of BCS conference teams. He says once spring practice is over with he'll try to start setting up summer camps.

"Our team got invited to the ESPN passing league," he says. "It's going to be at Hoover. It's going to be a lot of the top teams. We'll be doing that. I know I'm also going to go to a couple of one-days just so I can get a visit in."

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