Patterson already had schools like Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State on his offer list before LSU became one more divisional rival to join the race. The Tigers extended Patterson an offer Tuesday morning.
"It was a blessing for another team telling me they want me to play for them," Patterson said. "Being so young, I have a chance to play college football almost anywhere I want to."
The four-star prospect got a chance to speak with LSU assistant coaches Brick Haley and Greg Studrawa, who'll lead the recruiting charge for the Tigers.
"[Stud's] a nice guy," Patterson said. "We hit it off from the start. He's real down to earth, telling me how it was…They'd like for me to get down there. They just want to stay in touch with me and make me an LSU Tiger."
At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Patterson ranks as the No. 4 OT in the 2015 class. Patterson said he's added an inch and 15 pounds since his sophomore season and he'd like to get to 300 by the time he graduates.
Patterson lines up at left tackles for his high school team. He said his biggest strength is run blocking, though he's made big improvements in his pass protection, staying on his blocks longer and keeping the defender in front of him.
Patterson does have the versatility to fit as a either a guard or a tackle, and LSU will monitor his growth to determine where he'll work best.
"They said I'm an athletic kid, a big kid," Patterson said. "I would fit in great for [LSU's] run scheme…[My position] depends on my height. It also depends on their offensive schemes. I could be a guard or a tackle."
Patterson said he's visited each of the four SEC schools mentioned earlier. He expects to make his first trip to Baton Rouge later this season when the Tigers face Texas A&M.
Patterson's hometown of Petal, Miss., — a town just outside of Hattiesburg — is only a couple hours from Baton Rouge, and he did say that is a benefit for the Tigers.
But he's still gauging school's interest and doesn't have any leaders at this point.
"It's all even right now," Patterson said. "I'm still just going through the schools, figuring out which is the best…I'll probably narrow it down after my junior season."
What will be the biggest factor in analyzing his suitors?
"The education," Patterson said. "I've heard that LSU has a great electrical engineering school, and I want to be an electrical engineer. That's a great fit for me."
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