Chaffey JC Safety Lists BYU Among his "Top Two"

If there was ever a perfect recruit to fit BYU's most pressing need for its high-intensity defense, it may well be a safety from Chaffey Junior College in California.

Dewayne Patterson, a 6-2, 190-pounder from Redlands, is hearing from colleges from across the land. "Right now, I'm hearing a lot from BYU, Washington State, Okalahoma State, Utah, Arizona and Oregon." Patterson confirmed. "My top two schools right now are BYU and Washington State."

His coach, Carl Beach, described Patterson as a player who plays with "reckless abandon." He added that "Dewayne is one of only a few players that plays with very high intensity on every play." Beach said. "I've seen a lot of guys in the JC ranks that just aren't prepared to jump to the D-1 level. Dewayne is ready to play. He can play safety or outside linebacker," he said.

Patterson's current plans call for recruiting trips to UTEP on Dec. 3, Washington State on Dec. 10 and BYU on Dec. 17. Oklahoma State and Utah are trying to set up trips as well.

He confirmed that only Washington State and BYU have offered scholarships, but he expects other offers on his recruiting visits.

Patterson noted he has several friends and former Chaffey football players at Washington State, which gives them a leading edge. He added that Washington State aggressively recruited him out of high school, but backed off when he did not qualify academically.

He also pointed out that he has caught all the BYU games on TV and really likes their aggressive defensive style. "BYU likes to blitz a lot." Patterson said. "I love blitzing and making big hits. I play every play like it's my last play. I just love to be aggressive."

Sounds like a perfect replacement to BYU's hard-hitting safety Aaron "Hawaiian Punch" Francisco? In fact, Patterson has checked out all his top five schools and is well aware that Francisco will be graduating.

Even with a redshirt year available, Patterson said he hopes to be able to play right away. He graduates next May and will move immediately to his new college area to begin training for the 2005 season.

Patterson, who runs a 4.4/40, also excelled in track and basketball as a prep star. He was ranked 5th in the CIF in the long jump. A three-time All-League and two-time All County selection, he lead his team to its first CIF football championship in years.

So far this season at Chaffey Patterson has three interceptions, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He remembered playing Grossmont last year with current BYU star receiver Todd Watkins.

"Yeah, I remember Todd." Patterson said. "He is real good and he is having a great year for BYU this year."

Patterson was also teammates with current Utah player Cody Sorenson. "Cody can flat out play. He is really exciting to watch because he makes plays happen."

Sorenson opted to walk-on at Utah and is currently redshirting.

Patterson said his parents are leaving this decision up to him and he hopes to make up his mind by mid-January.

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