Henry County Wideout Flashes Talent

Henry County junior wide receiver Jamal Patterson is gaining interest from D-1 schools across the country. Patterson looked impressive Friday night in the Warhawks' 51-43 victory over Jones County. GoJackets.com's Jared Kimmel spoke with the 6-2 195 lb wide receiver to get his thoughts on the season as well his recruitment.

Henry County High School welcomed in Jones County High School last Friday, prevailing 51-43 in a barn-burner. The offense, led by junior quarterback Drew Little and senior wide receiver Chris Jackson, dominated nearly all night. Jackson, a Georgia Tech commit, showcased his speed, vision, and power on both sides of the ball while Little showed his composure, arm strength, and accuracy. Little is currently thought to be leaning toward Georgia Tech. This talent-laden offense doesn't stop there.

Junior wide receiver Jamal Patterson is gaining interest already from Florida, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, Rutgers, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Patterson looked pretty impressive himself on Friday night in the Warhawks' victory. Here are some quotes from the 6'2" 195 lb recruit after his game.

Patterson's thoughts on his team after the victory:

"I felt real good. We came to play. We got so many weapons so we can spread the ball in many types of ways. We don't have to worry about getting double teamed or triple teamed so we can make plays and spread defenses out like that."

Patterson on his ability to block and work off the field:

"I've been working on that. I'm a weight room fanatic. I better myself by getting bigger, faster, and stronger. I wake up Saturday and Sunday mornings, work out, and get better."

Jamal talks about what he did over the summer:

"I attended the Georgia Tech one-day camp and the South Carolina three-day overnight camp. I went to the Southeast (Scout) combine at Georgia Tech. Our seven-on-seven team did real good; we qualified to go to Hoover, and made the top 30 down there. I got to meet some pretty good players and beat some pretty good teams."

Of the schools mentioned recruiting him, what schools have offered Jamal?

"I talked to North Carolina and South Carolina; they've given me verbal offers."

What does he think of the schools he's visited?

"I liked everywhere I went. All the schools were nice. They all had nice training rooms, weight rooms, and coaching staffs."

Recruiting for the Class of 2009 is just beginning to heat up. Jamal Patterson will certainly be a name to keep an eye on in the Southeast.


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