Jamal Patterson: 2009 Prospect

It's always exciting to find a kid that excels in the classroom as well as on the field. One of those players is wide receiver Jamal Patterson of Henry County High School (McDonough, Ga.)

Jamal Patterson (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) is the type of athlete Notre Dame covets. He has the ability to dominate on the field and he has it together in the classroom.

"Jamal is off the charts academically, he's just an outstanding student," said Henry County coach Mike Rozier. "As great as he is in the classroom, he's just as good on the field."

"Jamal is a big kid for a wide receiver He's built a lot like Calvin Johnson. We run a spread offense, and we like to throw the fade to him because of his size. He has the ability to go up over defenders and come down with the football.

"He's a threat all the time because of his size and speed," said Rozier. "He's tough to bring down because of his size, and he's also got speed so he can take a short pass and turn it into a long gain."

Jamel and his teammates recently played in a seven-on-seven tournament at national powerhouse Hoover High School.

"We did really well down there, we won our division," said Jamal. "I want to work on my quickness and my footwork."

Jamel has been receiving recruiting attention from several top programs. He hasn't heard from Notre Dame as of yet, but he'd like to take a look at the Irish program.

"I went to camp at Georgia Tech and South Carolina," Jamel explained. "I have been getting mail from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Clemson, and USC. I like all of them. I would like to hear from Notre Dame."

Last season Jamal had 30 catches for 400 yards, and seven touchdowns.

He participates on the track team running the 110 meter hurdle, and the 4x4 relay. His maximum bench is 265 pounds. He has a 325 pound squat and runs a 4.5 second 40.

Patterson is currently taking honors classes and reports a 4.56 GPA. He will be taking the SAT in October.

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