Patterson, a highly recruited member of the class of 2015, competed against a few of the best class of 2014 defensive linemen while participating in the MSU Big Dawg Camp.
"It made me a better player to compete against defensive players like Breeland Speaks and some of the other people," said Patterson. "It was a great experience and helps me know what I have to get better at. It helped me learn what I need to do with my hands and my feet."
He felt he held his own at the camp.
"I feel pretty good about how I did but the coaches are the ones who do the evaluation," said Patterson.
Although just now going into his junior season, he's already received six scholarship offers.
"Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Southern Miss and Mississippi State have offered," said Patterson. "Ole Miss offered shortly before my sophomore season. After that, Southern Miss offered. Mississippi State came in after Southern, Then Alabama came in. Auburn came in. Tennessee came in at the end of school."
A humble person, Patterson is very appreciative to have received all of the offers.
"It is a blessing to have the talent where they looking at me as a good player who had the potential to play for their team," he said. "It is a great feeling."
As you would expect, he's not ready to narrow his list.
"I'm still open about recruiting," said Patterson, when asked if he had narrowed his list.
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