Most fans believe Patterson will be tough to snag out of South Carolina, specifically away from the hometown Gamecocks. Is that the case?
"I don't think it will be tough to get me out of South Carolina," Patterson said. "I'm going to go where I feel the most comfortable. I know my parents would be happy with wherever I go."
Competing with South Carolina is NC State, an ACC program that really caught Patterson's attention this spring.
"I just like how NC State is a good defensive team, and I got a great vibe from there when I went up for Junior Day," he said. "Coach Portee is recruiting me for them, and he writes me a lot. They said I could get some playing time as a freshman, and I liked that too."
The four-star prospect is very familiar with South Carolina, a program that he has already visited unofficially this fall.
"I feel like they are a very good team and I think they will progress as the years go by," Patterson said of South Carolina.
Next up for Patterson will be his senior season with some unofficial and official visits mixed in.
"I'm in the process of setting up my official visits now," he said. "I'm going to visit Penn State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, [South] Carolina, and N.C. State.
"I'm thinking about going to NC State's game against Virginia Tech too, and I'm going to Carolina's opener next Thursday against Central Florida."
Despite cutting his list to two schools, Patterson insists that he is in no rush to make a decision.
"I'm going to say signing day for now," he said. "I don't know when I will be ready to choose."
Patterson plays defensive end for Richlands Northeast High and feels that is where he will begin on the next level, although he could eventually grow into a defensive tackle.
Scouting Report: Great strength and size combination, comes off the ball well but has trouble if he gets too close to an offensive lineman. Sells his body to make a tackle, and has a motor that just keeps going.
Coach's Comments: "He is quite a physical specimen just to look at. His arms are huge and he is put together. And he's extremely quick off of the football. He is just a tremendous athlete, but he's just now learning the game. When he really learns how to cut loose and play every play as hard as he can play, he's going to be an unbelievable player. He's got a great attitude and he's a great kid." -- Richlands Northeast Head Coach Jay Frye
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