Patterson Leaves Ames Thinking Positive

Three-star cornerback Darreyl Patterson made his official visit to Iowa State during the weekend. He shares his impressions from the visit with

Darreyl Patterson readied to fly back to Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon with a newfound appreciation for Iowa State and with a motivational message from coach Paul Rhoads in hand.

The 6-foot, three-star defensive back out of Lawton, Okla., made his first official visit during the weekend with a trip to Ames. His recruitment figures to last until close to Signing Day as Patterson has a scheduled visit to Washington State on Sept. 20 and another to Arizona State during the second weekend in December.

“I just want to see what everyone else has and stuff like that,” Patterson said of those visits. “Iowa State is definitely up there.”

Patterson spent the weekend tagging along with former Lawton High School teammate and current ISU running back Mike Warren. Warren did his part in sharing with Patterson his desire for his former teammate to follow his path to Iowa State.

That recruiting pitch only helped with what Patterson saw for himself.

“Honestly it went great,” Patterson said of the visit. “I loved Iowa State and hanging out with my former teammate and hanging out with his friends at the dorm, it was wonderful. I loved the people there. I loved Coach Rhoads, [secondary] Coach Mo [Linguist].

“I loved everything about Iowa State. The facility, locker room, the players, the coaches, the game.”

Patterson, who has offers from Kansas State, Arizona State, Washington State and Tulsa among others, spent one-on-one time with Linguist discussing Iowa State’s coverage scheme and what the Cyclones have their defensive backs work on.

Before heading back to Oklahoma, he also took in a message from Rhoads.

“Me and Coach Rhoads talked one-on-one today and we were talking about how I liked Iowa State and about bouncing back when adversity strikes,” Patterson said. “[He said] all you have to do is learn from your mistakes and stuff like that.”

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