Patterson has Knights High on the List

When it comes to top recruits, there aren't many that are higher on UCF's list than receiver Jamal Patterson. He is ranked as the 14th best receiver in the nation and because of his size, speed, and aptitude for learning, he is an extremely high priority for the Knights. Patterson has 40 offers and counting, but the Knights are high on his list as well. InsideKnights talked with Patterson.

Last season for Henry County (Georgia), Patterson had 933 receiving yards and 11 TDs, he did this while maintaining a 4.5 core G.P.A. With that combination of skill, production and dedication to the classroom, he is any program's dream, but Patterson stays humble despite receiving offers from almost have the teams in the nation.

"This has been an honor and a big privilege," Patterson told InsideKnights.com

The talented receiver will be searching for many aspects when deciding on a school, but none might be more important than academics, which could bode well for UCF, which has a brand new psychology building on campus.

"Academics is big time, it's a real big factor. I'd like to major in psychology or maybe sports management."

The bright receiver not only has shown a commitment to school, but his play also speaks volumes. Patterson stands at 6'2", 200 lbs. and runs a 4.55 40 yard dash. His body control, strength, and size are amongst the best at his position, and he could very well start right away. His attributes are actually favorable to some former Knights that Patterson is familiar with.

"Guys like Brandon Marshall show that the team produces a lot of playmakers. Looking at how many times Kevin Smith touched the ball last time shows that UCF knows how distribute the ball to its key players."

UCF's new found success as a mini pro factory isn't the only thing that has made the Knights a contender for Patterson's services.

"I visited UCF back in February and I loved it. As soon as we pulled onto University Blvd., I knew it was great."

Patterson loved many things about the campus and says he felt like family at the school.

"It's a great program and they have a family bond there. Coach Keys has talked to me a lot and so has Coach Kelly. I've met Coach O'Leary twice and he is a real good guy."

The fact that UCF plays in the Conference USA doesn't deter Patterson from the Knights, as he sees the potential the program has.

"They know how to compete. They are big time, look at what they nearly did to big schools like Mississippi St. They have produced big time players too, conference size isn't a huge factor with them."

Another underlying asset that UCF has in its favor is Patterson's former Henry County teammate, Jim Teknipp. The tight end committed to UCF earlier this summer Patterson wouldn't mind a reunion.

"I'd like to play with Jim again, he is a great player."

Patterson has visited Kentucky, Auburn and Stanford this summer, and liked all three schools, saying they all had something to offer. Florida, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Clemson are just some other schools that have offered Patterson, so the question remains, does UCF have a legit shot to land Patterson?

"UCF is right there. They were the first team to give me an offer on paper back on December 16th. I definitely plan on taking one of my official visits there. I'll probably go during a game, maybe during homecoming."

With so many schools vying for Patterson's services, the Knights have already made an impression but must continue to battle potential suitors. Patterson says he isn't sure when he will make a decision about when he will sign and doesn't have a list of top schools. With Patterson keeping his options open, the Knights will be in the mix for Patterson until the end.


Brendan Sonnone is a senior writer for InsideKnights.com, covering the UCF Knights for Scout.com. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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