Mississippi State Leads For Patterson

Michael Patterson, the 6-foot-4 defensive end from Winnfield High School in north-central Louisiana, has an offer from the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The Winnfield Tigers went 14-1 in 2011 and reached the Class 2A state finals before losing to John Curtis Christian.

The Tigers were led on defense by junior end Michael Patterson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound terror off the edge.

"It was a great experience playing with that senior class," said Patterson. "Overall, we had an amazing season, especially as a public school."

Class 2A is home to several private school football powerhouses, including John Curtis, Calvary Baptist, Evangel Christian and Episcopal.

Winnfield defeated both Episcopal and Calvary Baptist (and St. Thomas Aquinas of Hammond) in the playoffs.

"Defensive-wise, we should be real solid next season," said Patterson. "We have some young guys coming up; we'll be alright.

"I didn't play much offense last year (at WR). On defense, I had 75 tackles, 10 sacks, two interceptions returned for touchdowns, and a blocked punt."

Patterson sees himself as a defensive player on the next level, and he has an early offer from Mississippi State.

"I'm really interested in Mississippi State," he said. "They're my leader. I haven't been able to get out there yet, but I'm scheduled to go in March. Texas A&M would be second, and I think they're going to offer real soon."

Patterson isn't hearing from Nebraska yet, but he's interested in the Huskers.

Nebraska signed Alonzo Moore from Winnfield this month.

"I really like Nebraska and really like their coaching staff," said Patterson. "It would be real cool to play with Alonzo in college.

"I'm also hearing from ULL, LSU and Louisiana Tech."

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