"I'm a home team guy," Patterson said. "I grew up on Louisville. It's only 10 minutes away and it was the only team I watched as a kid."
He says the Cardinals are also recruiting him the hardest. "They write me letters and call. I hear from the entire coaching staff. Plus, it's right around the corner..."
Patterson, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound four-star defensive end/linebacker from Central High School in Louisville, Ky., has offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Purdue, Cincinnati and Arkansas.
So how big of a factor will the distance be? "It's close and that helps but it's probably not a big deal," he said. "My parents are okay with me going away if that's what I want.
"The coaches (at Louisville) are really easy to talk to and get along with," Patterson said. "I love their facilities and I can see them being a winning program for a while. They are a good team that is getting better and they told me they could see me coming in and making a big impact. They even said they might try me at tight end too."
The other in-state school, Kentucky, is just under two hours from Patterson's home. He says the Wildcats were the first school to offer him.
"They have a nice program," he said. "The coaches are great and I have some friends that already go there. They recruit my school a lot and it would be cool to go somewhere I already know people."
Patterson hasn't been to any camps and doesn't have any planned for the summer. The in-state programs are the only two schools he has already visited.
"I don't really know a lot about Purdue," he said. "That's why I want to try and visit them. I know that the Big Ten is known for having a good defense and I think Purdue always has a good defense too."
He says he also likes Arkansas' defense. "I like their style of play," Patterson said. "I think I might fit in well there because I heard they like the slimmer-type of linebackers and that's what I am. I'm not a huge guy."
Patterson says he doesn't have a time frame for a decision. "Whenever I feel the time is right, I'll commit," he said. "I'd like to play early, but that depends on the school. I don't mind redshirting. I want to play for good coaches that will help prepare me for the NFL."
Patterson finished his junior season with 91 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions.
"I have a nose for the ball," Patterson said. "I just go after it fast and hard. When I see the ball, I go get it. But I want to improve my quickness and lateral movement."
He says he has a 32-inch vertical jump.
Patterson plans to major in sports management and reports a 2.5 core GPA. He took the ACT on June 13 and is awaiting his results.