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After months of mulling through media guides and brochures of the over twenty schools that have extended him a scholarship offer, Adam Patterson has taken the first step in determining his college destination.

"I have narrowed it down to ten final schools in no particular order," said Patterson. "Maryland, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Clemson, [South] Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, and Oklahoma. They all share a sense of pride about football. I feel like I can develop at all ten of those schools."

All ten aforementioned schools have tendered the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast.

Next step for Patterson is trimming his list down to five final schools – which he tentatively assigned a December deadline. Patterson will then officially visit each of his final five before verbally committing.

In the meantime, Patterson plans to unofficially visit most of the campuses of the ten schools this summer and during the football season paying attention particularly to three things.

"I'm looking at atmosphere, if I can start as a freshman at defensive end, and also if I can graduate from that school," said Patterson. "I want to get my degree; I don't want to go to the pros as a junior, I want to have my degree first."

As a junior, Patterson made 61 tackles, with seven for a loss, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. Top Stories