Jamal Patterson is Scout.com's 32nd ranked receiver in the nation. Patterson caught 44 passes for 933 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior season. He is also an All-State track standout who recently set a Henry County record in the 300 hurdles. So far, schools from all over the nation have shown interest in the talented athlete.
"Recruiting is really good right now. I've been invited to the ESPN UnderArmour game and the Army All-American game. I'm playing in the ESPN game, I think. I have 27 offers from pretty much everywhere in the nation. Schools like FSU, Miami, Auburn, Maryland, Clemson, Florida and North Carolina have offered me. USC and Georgia are talking about offering me soon. The offer from Georgia would be a big offer, but to me, all these offers are big. With all these players in the country, I feel honored that these schools have chosen me for a scholarship offer."
The Seminoles have offered several Georgia prospects this season, and Florida State decided this past week to offer the talented receiver prospect. The offer from the Noles was a highlight so far for Patterson.
"FSU is a big offer. I went there last year for the Miami game. It was a good game. Coach Lilly was recruiting me before he moved over to Georgia, so Jimbo Fisher is my recruiter now. He was telling me how Florida State offers a lot to a player like me, and how good of a program it is. I plan on coming down for the spring game April 12th so I can check out the team and the coaches. FSU always competes and will be in it for the ACC and National title soon."
Patterson tells NoleDigest that he follows what schools are doing on the recruiting trail, and the class FSU had in 2008, along with the start for 2009, has caught his eye. He even has developed a relationship with a big fish from the 2008 class.
"Florida State had a great class in 2008, so they are building up for the future. So far this year has been just as good. I know C.J. Mizell and went to camp with him our sophomore season. I talk to E.J. Manuel, we are cool. I talk to him a lot actually." When asked if Manuel going to FSU will make an impact, Patterson said, "If the coaching staff feels comfortable, I feel comfortable."
Jamal is a big target at receiver as he is 6'3" and 200 pounds. He feels like his size and speed makes him stand out. Also, his ability in track has made him a more fluid runner and a dangerous player after the catch.
"My speed and size, along with my athleticism, makes me standout. I keep working on my quickness because I feel when I get that I'll be the complete package. Track has helped me a lot. I want to run in college. I'm All-State in the 100 and 300 hurdles. When I was at FSU, I spoke to the track coaches briefly."
At this time there is no telling when Jamal will make a decision. He says he'll make some visits, and if it feels right, he'll commit.
"There is no telling when I'll make a decision. If I go and see a school and I like it, I'll talk it over with my family. Distance will not be a factor because my dad is in the Army, so I've moved around a lot as a kid."
Jamal says he is looking for a combination of a good coaching staff, academics, and the ability to make an instant impact as a freshman when it comes to a school. At this time he is all even when it comes to schools. Patterson reports a GPA of 4.5 and has received a qualifying test score of 23 on the ACT. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates on Jamal and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.