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Columbia, S.C. Even though he came down with a terrible chest cold just before he was scheduled to leave for the Shrine Bowl, which pits the best high school players form South Carolina versus the best from North Carolina, Adam Patterson says he was not going to let that stand in his way.
"Despite my sickness I still practiced, I still played the game and even started," Patterson explains. "I was not going to let a cold or sickness or anything like that stop me from playing in possibly one of the biggest games of my career."
Along with the chance to really make a difference in the lives of some children, Patterson says he also enjoyed the game itself. "I feel like I performed pretty well," the 6-3, 255-pound defender notes. "Even though I wasn't at 100 percent I feel like I had one heck of a game. I played pretty good.
"I had to try and go up against Carl Johnson," he notes. "I guess he is one of the best O-linemen in the country. It was pretty good. I beat him some times and he actually beat me sometimes. I feel like that was one of the toughest opponents up there and I feel like that made me, actually, better. He made me better."
On the recruiting front, Patterson has four official visits set up for the month of January and he says those four teams along with one other are the final five colleges in contention for his signature in February.
"On the first week of January (Jan. 7th) I am going on an official with Michigan," he says. "Tennessee will be on the 13th, the 20th is N.C. State and the last one is Auburn."
The other team that Patterson says he is still interested in is the home state Gamecocks. "To be honest they are still in the running actually," he explains. "I am still leaving them in the running. I am just not going to take an official with them because they are so close to home.
"I was very close to Coach Stockstill so that kind of changes a little bit," he adds about South Carolina's former defensive line coach, who was recently hired as the head coach at Middle Tennessee State. "But, never the less I feel like South Carolina is a good team and I am still going to take a close look at them."
Even though he is not going to visit the Gamecocks, Patterson is going to visit Auburn and he says he saved that visit for a reason.
"I actually made a promise to Coach (defensive ends coach Terry) Price telling him that I would make his visit the last one because I guess he really wants to roll out the red carpet for me and everything like that," he notes. "You know, I actually wanted to save one of the best for last."