Will Clemson Place Sam Patterson?

The Clemson Tigers are looking at placing several prospects this season and one of the most talented is defensive lineman Sam Patterson. <BR><BR> Who are the favorites for the star lineman?

DL Sam Patterson
6-7, 260, 4.8
Beaufort High School
Beaufort, South Carolina

The 6-7, 260 pound prospect, who runs a 4.8 forty, played both defensive end and defensive tackle during his senior season. "I had 91 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and four defensive scores. I scored on two interceptions, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery," Patterson told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

On the recruiting front, Patterson says he does not plan to sign with anyone this year, even though several major schools are actively recruiting him. "I am not looking to commit to anyone. I am just trying to get to into a JUCO. After that I will look at colleges when it is time," said Patterson.

When asked where he would commit if he could qualify, Patterson responded, "My first choice would be LSU. I like Clemson also. I like their defense. I also like Auburn and Tennessee."

The Tigers are trying to help Patterson find a junior college. "I haven't heard from LSU. Clemson is trying to help me out. Auburn and Tennessee are also talking to me," said Patterson.

Patterson is not sure where he will attend junior college but he is working on that decision. "I don't have a favorite right now. Every school seems good and has a good academic plan. I'm looking to see where I will feel the most comfortable. I might visit Southwest Mississippi on January 28. I will try to visit some of the others as well."

"I grew up in Louisiana. I've been in South Carolina for about three years. "Most of my family is still in Louisiana. I have an older brother in the military. My mother wanted to spend more time with him before he left," added the standout lineman.

The prize recruit believes the move to the Palmetto state helped his football career. "I'm glad I moved to South Carolina. I think it helped my football career. If I had stayed at home I probably wouldn't have been as successful."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding defensive lineman from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2005.

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