"Things are going really good," Patterson told me. "We had our seniors meeting the other night. We've been working real hard together all summer long. We missed the playoffs by one game last season so we've had that on our minds this entire offseason. I'm so ready."
At 6-foot-3 and 282 pounds, Patterson is a full academic qualifier. That's another reason why his list of written scholarship offers is up to 26.
"I have 26 offers in writing right now," he said. "But I'm narrowing things down. I contemplated making a commitment to Ohio State the other day but then I decided that I still want to check out Miami. I called the Miami coaches the other day and we have set up an official visit for the week they play Florida State. It's October 11-13. I'm really looking forward to it."
Patterson said there are some reasons why he favors the Buckeyes over the Canes right now.
"I've grown up wanting to play at Ohio State," he said. "I know all the coaches and I'm comfortable with the situation there. Plus I'll have a chance to play as a freshman. When I talked to coach Stoops at Miami about that, he was sort of BS'ing me. I want to know whether I really can play as a freshman at Miami. Another thing is that Ohio State plays in front of 102,000 for home games now. One coach told me that sometimes Miami will only draw 50,000 for certain home games and their biggest games only get about 77,000 fans."
The talented defensive tackle did talk about what he does like about the Hurricanes.
"Miami is Miami," he said. "I would probably be committed to Ohio State right now if it weren't for Miami recruiting me. They're the defending national champions and I had the chance to talk to Coach Coker during the spring. I want to know how well a kid from Ohio can fit in down there and that's something I'll be looking for on my visit."
Patterson talked about other things that he'll be looking for on his visit to Miami.
"I want to get a feel for the campus and be comfortable there," he said. "I know Florida guys are different and Miami has a lot of local players on their team so I want to see how well I fit in there. Basically, I don't know a whole lot about Miami except they're a great program and from what the coaches told me. I'm going there open-minded because Miami might end up being the best place for me. If it was up to all my friends, I'd be going to Miami without a doubt. I'll check everything out down there but [the visit] just seems so far away. I'm ready to see Miami right now but I'll wait. I'm looking forward to it."
So what will it take for the Hurricanes to knock off the Buckeyes?
"Basically, if I feel comfortable around the players and coaches and the school," he said. "I understand that Miami's a great place to go if you're a defensive lineman that wants to play in the NFL but that's not everything to me. I'm ready to check things out at Miami to see how they stack up against Ohio State."