"I received the offer on Junior Day," said the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Patterson. "It was a great experience and I met a lot of good coaches. I can see myself going to a university like (ECU)."
Patterson has also been hearing from Old Dominion, UNC Chapel Hill and South Carolina. His most recent offer came from James Madison on Feb. 25. The talented defensive end plans to take a visit to UNC this weekend.
While he mentioned that he is pretty busy with school at the moment, Patterson did give a slight edge to the Pirates in his recruitment.
"I like all of the schools I've talked to," said Patterson. "But ECU probably has the most down to earth coaches I've met so far."
The summer camp circuit will be busy for Patterson. He mentioned he will definitely attend camp at ECU along with hopefully making it to camps at South Carolina, ODU and JMU. Patterson will also be looking to take a trip to Florida this summer with some friends to see schools and hopefully take official visits.
Patterson embodies what it means to be a lineman. Not only does he excel on the defensive line at tackle and end, but he has also plays offensive tackle and guard. He was selected Southwest Wake All-Conference as both a defensive and offensive lineman. His versatility and impressive junior campaign should land him more interest as summer approaches.
"To be honest I think if someone can give me a chance I can be a serious three-technique," said Patterson. "I really think I can, I'm a hard working person. I just have to show everyone how hard I work. I can be quick off the ball every snap if I want to. Even though I play both ways I'll still be able to get off the ball fast."
The dream of making it to the next level is what keeps this recruit going. Patterson credits his father for instilling in him the confidence to pursue it.
"I'm not only working hard for me," said Patterson. "I'm working hard for family and mainly my dad. He passed away when I was 10 years old. He told me if I believe in something all I have to do is work hard until I achieve it. I will achieve my dream one day, not only for me, but for my family."