The departure of K'Hadree Hooker opened up a spot at defensive tackle and NC State would like nothing more than to fill it with Jesup (GA) Wayne County standout Jeremy Patterson.
The 6-4, 300 pound senior has helped lead his squad to a 5-1 record while contributing on both sides of the ball. The Pack likes him on defense and had an opportunity to host Patterson on an official this past weekend. He talked with Pack Pride about the trip Sunday evening.
"It was a pretty good school and I could see myself playing there," said Patterson. "I really liked it. Coach Nielsen is recruiting me. He's a good recruiting coach and a real good defensive line coach. The boys were telling me how he's a good coach and how he's hard on them and stuff."
Patterson was hosted on his visit by former Wayne County and current NC State DL T.Y. McGill. McGill gave Patterson a run down of what he could expect in Raleigh.
"T.Y. was just telling me they've got a new coaching staff and how the program is better and stuff. He told me the old coaching staff was good but they weren't as good as the new coaching staff. He was saying how coach Nielsen wants you to be the best player you can be."
Patterson has now completed official visits to Wisconsin to go along with the trip to NC State this past weekend. The only other visit he has on the horizon is with Arkansas although he's yet to set a date for that trip.
While he doesn't have any specific favorites, Patterson said those three programs are the main ones on his radar currently.
"I don't really have any favorites but those are the three schools I really like."
Patterson is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 37 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.