Patterson, however, has more than football to deal with.
When the lights go off late Friday night, Patterson's engine doesn't stop running.
The four-star reports an impressive 4.5 GPA; not to mention he hasn't missed a day of school since arriving at Henry County in ninth grade.
Catching up with Patterson was tough, balancing summer school with volunteering at local youth programs.
"Can I call you back," Patterson asked. "I am hanging out with some kids at summer camp right now."
While Patterson has attracted attention from a wide range of universities, there are a few schools that are beginning to stand out to the McDonough-native.
While Patterson has yet to visit Baton Rouge, he did recently return from a trip to the west coast and a visit to Stanford.
"Their campus is great," Patterson said. "I really like their coaching staff. I talk with everyone from coach [Willie] Taggart to head coach [Jim] Harbaugh. It's definitely a great program."
While Patterson has no interest in staying in-state, Louisiana would almost be like coming home.
"Our family is from Louisiana, and then we moved to Georgia,"
Patterson said. "I am definitely not a stranger to the state or anything."
Being recruited by coach [Joe] Robinson, Patterson said that he hopes to make it to Baton Rouge in the near future.
"I am trying to get down there before the summer ends," Patterson said. "If I can't then I am definitely taking an official visit in the fall."
Of course, Patterson already has a bit of insight into the Tiger program from a fellow 2009 prospect that has peaked his interest.
"I talked with [Russell] Shepard the other night," Patterson said.
"We talked a lot about the Cox [Academic] Center [for Student Athletes].
That is something that I really want to check out."