Nebraska looking at N. Texas WR

Last year, Nebraska completed their recruiting class by landing speedy, wide receiver Curenski Gilleylen from Leander (Texas). Nebraska has made an effort to get more Texas players. It seems that Nebraska is still taking that approach and is looking at yet another fast wide receiver from Texas. He just missed taking the trip for Nebraska's junior day, but he still wants to see Lincoln.

Nebraska is looking for another quick receiver and that need has led them to Texas. Daymond Patterson, a 5-foot-9 and 175-pound receiver, from Mesquite (Texas) North just started track the other weekend.

"I'm running track," Patterson said. "I just got back from a track meet out in Coppell. I run the 4x100, 4x200 and the open 100m."

"I haven't run the 100m yet (this year). Last week I was sick and today we were working more on the relay. My best though is a 10.7/100m."

Patterson has seen the recruiting interest pick up recently. Yesterday was a significant day for Patterson and his college football hopes.

"Yes sir, a lot of schools have picked up interest in me. As a matter of fact, I just got my first offer yesterday from Illinois."

"It feels real good to get that offer. You get some stress off of your chest. It also lets you know that you do have to stay focused and keep working hard."

Beyond the new offer from Illinois, Patterson is getting a lot of other attention. Most of his attention is coming from Big 12 and other are schools.

"I am getting a lot of attention from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, TCU, Iowa and some other schools. A lot of Big 12 schools."

Patterson has an advantage over other receivers that just play offense. His time spent at defensive back gives him a chance to use his offensive mind on defense.

"I actually do more than just play the game. I study the game. I play defensive back as well. So, I know what the wide receiver is thinking."

"My physical strengths are my speed and quickness. Also my awareness and agility. It's also my ability to make a play with the ball."

Last season, Patterson had a solid year on offense and defense. He started the year out big and earned player of the week honors for his efforts.

"I had 40 catches for 500 yards and 4 touchdowns. I also did punt and kick returns. I averaged about 20 yards per punt return and 30 or so on kickoffs."

"I got the Chevrolet player of the week after the first game of the season last year I had five catches, four touchdowns and 135 yards against North Garland."

"I was second team all-district. I also went to the Army Combine and got second team all-combine down there."

Patterson will be busy with track for a while, but he has made it to one junior day so far. Patterson missed his second junior day because he had to take part in the first track event of the year.

"I have been to Oklahoma's junior day. I missed Nebraska, but that was the weekend of my first track meet. I wrote the coach a letter to tell them I wanted to attend, but I had to go to my first track meet."

"Oklahoma State, Iowa and Illinois all want me to come up there. I am going to the Nike combine next weekend. I am going to the Scout.com combine on March 25th. I still haven't decided if I will be able to do any other camps because of track."

Check out his Junior Video

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