Finding quality linemen seems to be a priority for the NC State coaching class every year and it will be no different with the class of 2012.
One of North Carolina's best is Roanoke Rapids (NC) rising senior J.J. Patterson. At 6-4, 310 pounds, the standout lineman has the potential to play on either side of the ball whether it be as an interior lineman or at defensive tackle. On defense last year he tallied 62 tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles to go along with two blocked kicks on special teams. That kind of production has generated quite a bit of recruiting interest in the early stages of the recruiting year for Patterson. He talked with Pack Pride about his early offers and the teams showing heavy interest.
"Some of the schools I'm hearing from right now are UNC, State, East Carolina, Duke, Clemson and some others," said Patterson. "I've got offers from Carolina, State and ECU. I've heard Clemson and Virginia Tech have also offered but I need to talk to my coach because I'm not sure yet.
"Recruiting's been going good but I've seen one of my best friends (UNC's Kareem Martin) go through it so I'm hoping to get my offers than him. I would say Carolina is showing me the most interest right now because they can't call me, but I can always talk to someone through Kareem. They're giving me the most love right now."
Although an admitted Tar Heel fan growing up, Patterson said he likes what he's heard thus far from the NC State coaching staff.
"I really like them (NC State)," he said. "They're a pretty good school plus I like their coaching staff because it's not like they just want you for their football team, they want you as a person and an athlete.
"They don't down anyone's team. I like that they're positive and they show you the real world so you don't have a fake picture of their school. I really like them. Coach Willis is recruiting me for them."
So have any schools moved out front for his commitment?
"My top three schools right now are Carolina, State and Nebraska."
It's possible Patterson could make an early decision on his future college and when the time comes, he knows exactly what he'll be looking for.
"I think everything plays a part but the place that's going to help me get where I want to go whether it's in athletics or life in general is going to be important."
Patterson is rated a three star prospect by Scout.com.
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