'The Trip Was Fun'

Columbia (SC) Richlands Northeast star defensive lineman Adam Patterson visited NC State this past weekend as the Wolfpack faced North Carolina.

"The trip was fun," Adam Patterson told Pack Pride. "I really enjoyed the hospitality that they showed me.

"It was a good game for a rivalry game, even though State couldn't get the win in that game. I still thought it was fun because they have a lot of tradition up there and the fans really show a lot of support for their team."

With NC State losing defensive ends Manny Lawson and Renaldo Moses, and the possible early defection of Mario Williams to the NFL, Patterson believes he would have a chance to play right away should he choose to attend NC State.

"I feel like I would have a pretty good chance of getting a lot of playing time if I went to State," he said. "I like the way they use their linemen. It's a lot like how we are used at my school."

Last month Patterson narrowed his list of schools to NC State and South Carolina, but has recently opened back up his recruitment as other suitors are now receiving another look.

"I just want to make sure that these schools are really the right choice for me," he said. "So far I know I'm going to take a South Carolina and an NC State official... I'm going to put those down for my official visits. This weekend I'm going to take an unofficial to Tennessee."

Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina and with a teammate already committed to the Gamecocks, some analysts feel Patterson will eventually ink with USC, but he continues to state that he is wide open and his family would be open to him leaving the state.

"They have no problem at all with me leaving South Carolina," Patterson said. "They know that wherever I go they can still be there.

"I still have to sit down and pick out all of my schools. It's open at this point. All of these schools are good and that's why it will be a tough decision on my part."

For the time being the four-star prospect is focused on leading his team to a state championship.

"We're 5-0... we are the first team at my school to start 5-0," Patterson said. "That's pretty big and means a lot to me."

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