2011 Prospect Update: Kendall Patterson

2011 prospect Kendall Patterson took full advantage of his first year at Dematha and is hearing from many of the areas top college programs

Junior defensive tackle Kendall Patterson is finished his first year at Dematha High School with a Championship game against Good Counsel at the Naval Academy.

Patterson, a Baltimore native, transferred to Dematha from Gilman for his junior and senior years. He is loving the change in scenery, and the new Dematha coaches.

“I'm liking it a lot actually,” said Patterson. “I like school very much.”

With the football aspect, “They teach me my position better,” he said.

Patterson played defensive end at Gilman, but his move to Dematha also led to a move to defensive tackle.

“Basically, I just kept growing and kept getting bigger,” Patterson said.

His growth has sent him over 6-feet tall, and the hard work has built him into a strong force at 280 pounds. His presence is being felt at Dematha, and he has helped form one of the top defenses in the country.

“I love it,” he said. “I like playing with some of the best guys at their positions. At practice I can really work on my game, because our offensive line is really great. So, I can work on different things.”

His senior teammates are already going through the college process, and look to help the younger recruits like Patterson.

“They just give me different things to look for from the recruiters,” Patterson said. “They tell me what I should be expecting and what I'm in store for.”

Patterson had early interest from Penn State and Rutgers, and now some ACC teams are joining in. He has now heard from Boston College, Wake Forest, Maryland, and also Pittsburgh.

He is waiting for his own season to end and to get his highlight films finished until he starts really thinking about his college career.

Patterson went with his Dematha teammates to nearby Maryland for their team pictures, and he was also in attendance for the Middle Tennessee game.

“That was my first time coming to a university for something like that, so I enjoyed it,” said Patterson.

At Maryland he talked to head coach Ralph Friedgen and defensive lines coach Dave Sollazzo. He is also expecting to hear from some of the Dematha graduates playing for Maryland now, though he hasn't yet.

Terp defensive backs Kenny Tate and Anthony Wiseman graduated from Dematha, along with offensive linemen Pete DeSouza.

Patterson still is taking his time with the process, but knows that early playing time will be a huge factor in his decision, and proximity may play a role too.

“Maryland is always going to be near the top of the list because it's the home state school,” Patterson said.

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