Georgia Receiver Keeps Tigers on Board

When Friday night rolls around and the lights are on, Henry County High (Ga.) wide receiver Jamal Patterson leaves everything on the field.

Patterson (6-2, 203, 4.55), the nation's No. 14 ranked wide receiver prospect, finished his junior season with 44 catches for 933 yards and 11 touchdowns, carrying Henry County deep into the state playoffs.

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."

His offer list is impressive, topping 50. Even more impressive is that Patterson is looking at full rides to Stanford, Notre Dame and seven Ivy League universities.

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.

"Stanford, LSU and Florida are three schools that have been recruiting me really hard," Patterson said. "I really like all three of them, and all of them are unique."

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."

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