2006: Adam Patterson

Adam Patterson, an athletic 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman with 4.7-speed and a 36-inch vertical leap, just wrapped up his junior season on the hardwood. Richland Northeast (Columbia, S.C.) was eliminated from the state playoffs in the quarterfinals by Marlboro County Wednesday night.

Now it's time for Patterson to focus on football, and his recruitment that involves nearly all the ACC and SEC schools, as well as Michigan and others.

As a junior, Patterson recorded 61 tackles, with seven for a loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and numerous quarterback hurries, while being double-teamed most of the time.

He bench presses 350 pounds, squats over 500 and power cleans well over 300, according to Cavaliers coach Jay Frye.

"He is quite a physical specimen just to look at," Frye said. "His arms are huge and he is put together. And he's extremely quick off of the football."

Patterson didn't even put on pads until his sophomore year, having focused most of his attention on basketball. So he still has much to learn about the game he plans to concentrate on in college, and thus his full potential is way out in front of him.

"We finally got him out for football," Frye said. "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."

Frye said if he had to name a leader right now it would be Clemson, but also went on to say he believes Patterson is wide open.

"Clemson has already done a great job with him; in fact he went to most of the Clemson home games last year. But he's also gotten a lot of attention from Michigan, because he's gone to camp up there. Georgia has also shown him some attention along with all the SEC and ACC schools.

"[North Carolina] has been in contact. I know Coach [Brad] Lawing over there real well, in fact, I just put a tape in the mail to them yesterday. They had requested some tape on him – and I'm sure they'll be real interested after that."

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