Mission Viejo (Calif.) offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson was in eighth grade when David Patterson began his Fresno State Bulldog career. Now as David prepares for his senior season, Jarrett's first of five scholarship offers to roll in was to follow in his brother's footsteps.
The moment came earlier this month when 6-foot-5.5 and 275-pound offensive lineman attended Fresno State’s junior day, in a sit-down with Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford.
“It meant a lot that (Tedford) came to me and personally offered me,” Jarrett said. “It was pretty special - my brother’s school and for my dream to come true and finally have a chance to play college football. He said he’d love for me to come up there and continue my brother’s legacy.”
Jarrett has witnessed the some of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in Fresno State football history over the past four years while watching his brother -including an 11-2 season in 2013 and a 1-11 season in 2016. Jarrett said he has made about a dozen trips up to Bulldog Stadium to watch the team live when his own football schedule permitted him to be there.
“(David) has been there the past couple years playing football so I know a lot about the program,” Jarrett said. “I’ve seen it at its highest point and its lowest point. Coach Tedford, I really like him a lot. He’s a great guy. All the new coaches also have a lot of Bulldog pride. They want to turn around the program and bring fans back into the stadium.
“I’ve seen Fresno when the place sold out, everyone was tailgating. Then the last game of the year against San Jose State this past year, the stadium was empty. It was disappointing to see… Even though it was a rough season last year, I still like Fresno State a lot.”
Following Fresno State in the past weeks were offers from Nevada, Hawaii, UCONN and Washington State. He also has heavy interest from Duke and Cal, and has heard from Arizona State and USC. A player with that type of list this early in the process usually has his pick of most schools, but Patterson says that the Bulldogs will remain as one of his top options.
David has encouraged Jarrett about Fresno State, but for the right reasons.
“He’s told me that when I make my decision - obviously he knows Fresno is going to be up there - but that if I decide to go to Fresno to not go there just because of him,” Jarrett said. “It’s a big decision on where I’m going to go for the next for or five years. Probably over the next couple months I’ll talk with him and go over it with my parents to see where the best fit is for me.”
Fresno State’s coaching staff and Jarrett have a similar vision to see the program “how it’s supposed to be.” If Jarrett decides to be a Bulldog, it could make a big impact on the team’s front-five for years to come. However, he still has 11 months before the 2018 National Signing Day to think it over and welcome new interests.
“These coaches, when they played at Fresno it was also packed. It’s tough for these senior guys because when you go out for senior day you want the place to be packed. I mean, Fresno State is the Valley’s team - it’s like the professional team for the Valley. I feel that everyone should be coming out to support the Fresno State Bulldogs.
“They’re going to try to turn it around and make it a winning program again," Jarrett said. "You want to go to the game and see your team win. They only won one game last year, but they lost a lot of close ones. I think if they return to that winning stage that the stadium will be packed again.”
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