Bay Area CB has Options

Pittsburgh (Calif.) CB Avery Patterson picked up an offer from California after displaying his 4.3 speed at the Bears' camp on June 7. It was his latest offer after racking up seven others in the spring. He remains open and claims no favorites. Patterson says he will not make any decision until he has a chance to take a few visits…

Avery Patterson (5-9, 175) is keeping busy with off-season weight training and conditioning. He recently returned from a national track meet in Nebraska. While there, he did check out the Cornhuskers.

"We called [the Nebraska coaches] a week before to let them know," said Patterson. "I got to look at their facilities. They were some of the best I've seen."

He says Nebraska has been sending him letters in the mail, but the Huskers have not offered. "They said they would be looking at me closer now," said Patterson.

He says distance is not a factor. "I just want to feel comfortable." Regardless, staying close to home to play his college ball appeals to Patterson.

"Always great to get that [Cal] offer," said Patterson. "I like how close it is to home. I am considering the academics and on the field [performance] this year. I have no favorites until I visit some schools. I want to feel the team camaraderie and check out the environment."

He camped at Cal on June 7, where he was one of standouts. He also camped at USC's Rising Stars camp in late June. The only other school he has visited unofficially is UCLA for junior day in April.

"[At USC] I could have done better," Patterson said of his camp performance. "I did pretty well. USC is not recruiting me hard. I have talked to [Offensive Line] Coach [Pat] Ruel."

In fact, the only head coach he has spoken to in person is Cal's Jeff Tedford.

"I sat down with Coach Tedford," said Patterson. "With him and my family individually, we talked about life after football."

He says it was great to speak to Coach Tedford, but he understands once he takes official visits the opportunity to talk to more head coaches will arise.

In spite of the proximity to his home in the East Bay, Patterson says he would take an official visit to Cal. He says Oregon, Arizona, and San Diego State are other schools he would consider visiting officially, all have offered. Washington State, Arizona State, UNLV, and Utah are his other offers.

"It doesn't matter really where I play," said Patterson. "No school stands out. [After a few visits] I will have something to compare."

All schools have offered him as corner. However, Patterson also lines up at running back, wide receiver, kick returner, and punt returner. He says he does not know of any schools recruiting him on offense. He played a little at receiver at USC's camp, but he competed at corner at every other camp including the Los Angeles Nike Camp.

"I'm always around the ball," said Patterson. "I love hitting. I'm a playmaker. If there is a play to be made, I'm trying to make it. [This year] I want to work on my ball skills, create interceptions and fumbles."

Academically, he says his core GPA should raise to 3.0 after summer school in taken into account. He scored an 880 on his SAT (two-part). Patterson says he will retake it if needed by schools.

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