Sean Patterson Jr. To Play At Harmony

One player re-entering the high school recruiting scene is quarterback Sean Patterson Jr. formerly of St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio. Patterson had signed with Weber State as a member of its 2007 class but recently received his release from the Big Sky school.

As many high school seniors-to-be are making their verbal commitments to colleges, one Ohio quarterback recently re-entered the recruiting scene. Sean Patterson Jr. quarterbacked St. John's Jesuit into Ohio's Division I playoffs last season and eventually signed a letter-of-intent with Weber State, but circumstances have brought the still growing signal caller back to the Buckeye State to play for Harmony Community School in Cincinnati. Bearcat Insider talked with Sean last week as he headed to an offseason workout at Harmony.

First we talked about an injury that occurred during his junior campaign that may have hurt his recruitment. "I tore my peroneal tendon in my ankle during the third game of the season. I had a choice to get an operation right away and be ready for basketball season or continue to play football and get the surgery after the football season. I couldn't hurt it any more by playing on it so it was what it was. I chose to finish the football season and continue playing on it because I didn't want to let my team down." A slow recovery from the injury may have hurt Sean's performance in summer camps and combines.

After having a very good senior season, Patterson caught the eye of longtime Utah head football coach Ron McBride, who is now the head man at Weber State. The Wildcats felt they got a steal when they signed the Ohio kid to play in Ogden, Utah, but after spending three weeks in Big Sky country this summer, Sean decided to return home. He explained the reasons for his decision. "I really liked the coaches. They were some of the best people I have ever met, but I just didn't feel comfortable out there. I didn't think it was the right fit for me. I have a real close family, and my family might never be able to see me play. I just felt I needed to be closer to home." The Pattersons are a tight knit family of seven. Sean has two younger brothers and two younger sisters.

After returning home a few weeks ago, Patterson began looking at his options and decided to attend Harmony Community School in Cincinnati. Many of Harmony's players are looking to improve their grades in order to earn a college scholarship so Patterson with a 3.3 GPA and 24 on the ACT is in an entirely different academic situation. If fact, he is a prime candidate to greyshirt, which means he could enroll at a school after the season and be eligible to participate in spring football with all five years of eligibility remaining. He's already received his release from Weber State.

Sean talked about the decision to attend Harmony. "I got hooked up with Coach (Carlos) Snow (Harmony assistant) through a few contacts, and I came down here to work out for them. They liked what they saw and gave me the opportunity to play here. They're really well known. I think they had over 20 players sign with schools last year so I think it's a great opportunity for me to re-open my recruiting and get back out there." Sean and another player are living with Coach Snow.

The Pattersons have a history of late growth spurts. Sean's grandfather grew to 6' 8" and played for the Detroit Pistons, and Sean's father grew from 6' 2" to 6' 4" after graduating from high school. Seam seems to be following the family tradition. "I probably weighed about 185 pounds my senior year of high school, and I'm already close to 200 pounds now. I'm also a legit 6' 2" now. I've grown an inch." Sean said the added weight has been good weight since he's continuing to workout on a daily basis, and the dual threat quarterback recently flashed his versatility in the Perrysburg Regional All-Star game when he scored on a 4 yard scramble and later threw a 15 yard TD pass.

After experiencing life in Utah, Sean would prefer attending a school much closer to home. "Playing at a school near or in Ohio would be a great a scenario for me."

Harmony has around fifty players on its roster so Sean has a lot of new teammates to meet. "The coaches are great guys. I'm getting to know many of the players, and they've been great too. I'm really enjoying myself."

Harmony plays an unusual schedule. Since most of its players have already exhausted their high school eligibility, the prep school plays a lot of its games against college junior varsity teams. They begin their 2007 ten game schedule on August 25-th.

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