WR Jamal Patterson Attracts Academic Schools

Last season Jamal Patterson caught 44 passes for 933 yards with 11 touchdowns, he's the Georgia state hurdles champ, and he's a National Honor Society member to boot. Jamal tells GoBlueWolverine that he realizes that he is in a good situation, sporting offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford ...

Scout.com's evaluation of 4 star wide receiver Jamal Patterson reads as follows: "A vertical threat in the truest sense, Patterson stretches the field and often requires a bracket. He is nearly impossible to jam at the LOS, due to his exceptional upper-body strength. Already a legitimate red-zone threat, he climbs the ladder as well as anybody and wins most jump balls. Puts defenses in a bind because he escapes the jam/press and instantly gets vertical ... if corners play off, he is very hard to tackle in space."

The 6-3 205-pound prospect from Henry County High in McDonough, Georgia (about 30 miles south of Atlanta) doesn't dispute the description of his game, describing his game to GoBlueWolverine this way: "I think I'm a complete receiver. I make plays. I think I can do everything on the field: go deep, run the slant. I've got speed. I run the 110 hurdles in track and just won the state title."

His 110m hurdles state-champ time: 14.51. He also finished as runner-up in the 300m hurdles finals.

Jamal has offers from schools all over the continent, and he and his family plan to take their time and visit as many schools as possible before narrowing his list. "I've got a lot of offers from schools," he told GBW. "Coach Hopson is recruiting me (for U-M) and I plan to visit Michigan this summer. Boston College, West Virginia, Rutgers, Notre Dame have offered me."

Distance from home is not a factor says Patterson. "I'm from an Army family so we have moved around a lot. I've got a lot of schools to see and I plan to visit as many as I can."

"My family is going to come see me regardless of where I go."

Academics clearly plays a big part in Patterson's life -- he has a 4.5 GPA and is a National Honor Society member, and as a result he has no shortage of opportunities from colleges all over. The keys for him, he says, are, "I want to go to a school that's family. When I visit, I want to see the town -- I want to see if it feels like a community. I'm going to be living there 52 weeks a year, so I want to enjoy the town as well as play football and go to school."

Last season Patterson caught 44 passes for 933 yards with 11 touchdowns, and those types of numbers generate attention from the best colleges. Jamal has taken notice and realizes that he is in a good situation. "I feel honored that a school like Michigan wants me to play for them," he said. "Schools like Michigan, Stanford and Notre Dame don't just offer anybody. They are great schools that value academics."

"Michigan is top notch -- Go Big Blue!"

Patterson (right) takes on Dre Kirkpatrick, camera, at Scout.com Combine

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