At 6-foot-3 and 276 pounds, Warrensville Heights, Ohio standout defensive tackle David Patterson has helped his team to a 5-3 record this season, but he feels it could be a lot better.
"We're real close to being 8-0," Patterson said. "It's been kind of disappointing how we've beaten ourselves but we still have two more regular season games left. Last year, one of the teams in the state championship went 6-4 in the regular season so we just have to keep winning."
In those eight games, Patterson has registered 13 sacks and three caused fumbles playing the 4-technique at tackle. "I've been splitting double teams all year man," he said. "I wasn't doing it like that last year."
Patterson, who is fully qualified with an 870 SAT score, took his first official visit of the year to Miami this past weekend.
"I loved it," he said. "It was a lot of fun. My host was Jonathan Vilma and he's a great guy. We had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed myself. I got the chance to meet a lot of players and coaches and get to know everything about the program."
Patterson said he really enjoyed meeting some UM coaches.
"Coach Stoops has been recruiting me all year so it was nice to meet Coach Coker and Coach Mark. Coker's a great guy. He's very down to earth and very approachable. He's a players coach. He's a real funny guy too who loves his players and loves being around them. In the locker room after they won, he was doing a little dance and had everyone laughing. The players really love him and they play hard for him. Plus, his wife is a real nice lady. My mom spent a lot of time talking to her and they really got along well.
"Coach Mark is also a great guy. He is from up North and went to Miami for college and did really well. He didn't play too long ago so he can relate pretty well. In talking to the players, they really like him. He's a great coach and they are very comfortable playing for him."
Patterson said he also enjoyed an outstanding football game.
"There wasn't a better place to be this weekend than in Miami for me," he said. "I had a great visit, met some great people, and saw a great game. It was a real nail biter. Miami showed the heart of a champion and that was real encouraging to me."
Patterson said there were two highlights on his visit aside from the ending of the game.
"First was going into the training room and when they opened the doors, me and Kyle Wright looked in and saw two jerseys hanging up. One was a No. 7 jersey that said Wright on it and the other was a No. 75 jersey that said Patterson on it. The second was the dinners they fed us. I weigh 276 pounds but I feel as if if I weigh 320 now (laughing). They fed me like I've never been fed before."
Patterson also talked about meeting fellow recruit Kyle Wright during his trip.
"Kyle was great," he said. "We hung out the entire weekend. We did everything together. We ate together, we went out together, everything. He's already committed to Miami and tried recruiting me a little."
Another very important part of Patterson's visit was having his mother and some uncles along with him.
"My mother really liked it," he said. "She really likes Miami now. And some of my uncles paid their own way to come be with me. It showed me they'll open up their piggy bank to come support me wherever I'm at. That was real important."
Patterson, who plans on majoring in Business, said he was very impressed with the school as well.
"It's a great school," he said. "The business department is great and that all went well for me."
So with all that, where does it put the Hurricanes?
"It has pulled them even with Ohio State," he said. "I've been favoring Ohio State all year because I just wasn't sure about the distance. But I never thought Miami would be like that. I always said to myself that the only way I go someplace else [other than Ohio State] is if I went somewhere really special. That was definitely Miami. It was special. I would say they are now my leader but that's tough since I'm still caught up in the emotion of the visit."
Patterson said he has one other visit scheduled. "I go to Florida on December 13. We haven't set up my visit to Ohio State yet."
Now that he's already been to Miami, what's next for the talented defensive tackle?
"Coach Stoops is coming up here on Friday," he said. "I can't say enough how I liked the Miami coaches. The thing I respect most about them is how they never once pressured me. Instead, they did everything they could to make me feel comfortable."
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