William Patterson is not too worried about making his decision on what college he will attend too soon because he has something more important to worry about right now.
"Right now I'm focusing on getting my team to the state championship," said the 6-1, 215-pound linebacker from Indianapolis Lawrence North.
Patterson has a good chance of leading his team there fresh off a win in its sectional opener against Richmond. That win came on the heels of a 33-14 victory over previous No. 1 and defending state champ Warren Central in the regular season finale.
"(Richmond) was just another team that was in our way," said Patterson. "We've only had one goal all season and that was to win state."
Patterson is the team leader through ten games with 104 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions. However being the statistical leader of his defense is not his main concern.
"Really I believe we have a team that could play in the dome," said Patterson. "I think the sky is the limit with this team because we have so much talent. We had a lot of injuries to deal with this season but we're getting everyone back healthy at the right time.
"There are a lot of talented teams left like Warren Central, North Central has a lot of talent, Ben Davis is still out there. We could run into any of those teams, but if we believe in it, we can get there. We have as good a chance as anybody."
Lawrence North will face off with a 7-3 North Central team this weekend for a shot at the Indiana Class 5A Sectional #5 championship game and a likely matchup with a 9-1 Warren Central. Lawrence North won the earlier matchup with North Central 31-7 in the third week of the season.
Warren Central was a team that looked unbeatable throughout the season – that is until a Patterson-led Lawrence North shut down their high-powered offense two weeks ago. In the nine wins Warren Central posted on the season, they averaged 57.6 points a game, scoring 70 or more points three times. In the loss to Lawrence North, Warren Central posted just 14 total points.
"That game was a big accomplishment for us and it showed how much we can really focus and do what we need to do," said Patterson. "But we're not worried about them or any other team besides who we face this week.
"We have so much talent on this defense and our main focus is everybody playing as good as we can be and putting it all together. We're going to go from there and let the chips fall where they may."
Once the season comes to an end for Lawrence North, Patterson will have a better chance to focus on where he will attend college. With offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Miami (OH), and attention from Purdue and Michigan, Patterson will have a lot to think about.
"I haven't made my official visits yet, but I plan on setting them up real soon," said Patterson. "I'm not sure if I'll take all five visits. I kind of have a top four and that may be all that I visit. My top four are Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Miami of Ohio.
"The other schools aren't out of the picture, but those are the schools that have offered me and my decision is going to be a location thing. I really don't want to go that far away from my mom because I need to be here to help her as much as I can. I really don't think that I'd be that comfortable going far from home. I'll probably decide in the next couple of weeks where I'm going to go."
Patterson was in Bloomington for the Indiana-Ohio State game Oct. 22 and liked what he saw.
"The crowd was nice to see," said Patterson. "It was a packed game for two teams that played very hard to win that game. They let us in the locker room after the game and I got to meet the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. I got to talk to (Assistant) Coach (Billy) Lynch, too. He has been recruiting me and calls me every week so it was nice to talk to him in person. I get mail from him just about daily. He's a real good guy, really down to earth."
While he may not be ready to make his decision, Indiana's style of play may help lure him to Bloomington.
"I like how they give their linebackers a chance to make the big play," said Patterson. "They let them be aggressive and get after the ball. That's how I like to play."
Decision Coming Soon For Patterson
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