Patterson talks LSU

When Mike Davis committed to the Tigers, eyes across Louisiana turned to the wide receiver's two teammates. Linebacker Dominique Patterson is one of those prospects, and he said that once Davis' commitment came, his eagerness to get to Baton Rouge went to a new level.

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Patterson, who will lead the defense alongside fellow Tiger recruit Corey Nelson, said that his friendship with Davis has the junior eager to learn more about the LSU program.

"Things are definitely picking up with me in regards to LSU now that Mike let everyone know he was going to be a Tiger," Patterson said. "I have been working out a lot since the end of the season, so once I get to camp I will have gone through a lot of running and lifting, and I feel like an offer could come after that.

"Tennessee also said that they really liked the film that they just saw on me, so I feel like coach Kiffin is close to offering," added Patterson. "They have a great defensive staff and are a big time SEC program, so I would definitely check them out more as well."

Patterson said that one area that stands out to him with the Bayou Bengals is their history of putting talent into the NFL.

“LSU can put players in the league, and that is important for people who want to go on and play pro ball,” he said. “My coach sits me down a lot and we look at schools’ positions, and then we see how many times over the last five years that they have put a player at that position into the NFL. I feel like LSU is a place that can prepare you to get there, for sure.”

With offers in hand from Texas A&M, Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota and most recently Stanford, the six-foot, 220-pound prospect said that an offer from the Bayou Bengals would be icing on the cake.

"I really like everything that I know about the program, so it would be great to get an offer," Patterson said. "I have not really gotten a chance to meet the new coaching staff, so I want to get over for the spring game or an unofficial so that I can find out more about things. I am going to check with Mike about the next time he plans on going down to Baton Rouge and just get a ride with him then."

As for favorites, Patterson continued to keep the Aggies out front.

"I still like Texas A&M a lot, and they have offered, so they are out ahead right now," he said. "Tennessee is really getting close though, and if they offer I feel like they would be right there with Texas A&M."

Patterson will be in College Station this weekend for Texas A&M Junior Day.

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