"It feels good," the four-star receiver said. "They look up to me like I'm a superhero. The kids say they want to be like me. I tell them to try and be better.
"I talk to them about how important school is, and that school is more important than what you do as an athlete. If you're doing what you need to be doing in class, the field will take care of itself."
The proof is in the pudding. Just look at Jamal Patterson.
After hauling in 44 passes for 933 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season at Henry County High, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound Patterson has roped in over 50 scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, LSU, Alabama and Auburn.
Of his 50 offers, Patterson has also been extended a full-ride by Stanford and seven Ivy League programs. With all the love he's been getting on the recruiting front, Patterson was still caught off guard by his latest scholarship offer from Notre Dame. He hadn't been hearing much from the Irish.
"Big time," Patterson stated. "Especially Notre Dame, with all the prestige and history of that school. Every offer I get is an honor, but a school with all that prestige and tradition, it means a lot."
Patterson received his offer from Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis late last week.
"He said they were recruiting me, and they like me as a football player as well as a student, 4.5 GPA, an A student, and the way I help in my community."
Weis told Patterson what he thought of his film.
"He said he liked just my size and my ability," Patterson said. "My athleticism and my speed, because this year I won state in the 110 hurdles (14.5). I can make a jump for the ball, and I'm a red-zone threat. I'm all around."
All-around competitive as well. That's what drives Patterson to all his success both on and off the field.
"Playing sports you have to compete," Patterson stated. He wants to study management and psychology in college. "I take that to the classroom, and I want to be the best. If I'm playing any game, I want to win, I want to be the best at it. So I try my best in the classroom to get the best grades."
You can guess which person normally comes out on top.
Patterson said he for sure will be in South Bend sometime this summer to check Notre Dame out for the first time.
"My coach said it's beautiful and he loves it up there," Patterson said. "He said the stadium and facilities are top notch."
"I don't know too much about Notre Dame. Just the tradition, their prestige and some of the players they've had."
Patterson said he has not eliminated any schools yet, and hopes to have a list of favorites by the end of summer. The U.S. Under Armour All-American has not set a timetable for making a verbal commitment.