Recruiting Update - Nick Patterson

Missouri S/WR Nick Patterson is one of the out-of-state prospects planning to attend OSU camp, and he has a goal of catching the attention of the OSU coaches while he is there. We caught up with him recently to find out more.

Nick Patterson is a versatile football player out of Hazelwood Central High School in Missouri who is making a name for himself on the field. With the exception of missing a game and a half last season due to injury (concussion), Patterson was on the field for every snap last season.

This S/WR is hearing from major Division I programs, the likes of which include UCLA, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Ohio State, and Mizzou. He has gotten offers from Mizzou, Vanderbilt, and Iowa State thus far.

Patterson has already been to the Nike camp in Blacksburg, VA; a combine in Tennessee, and a two-day team camp at Mizzou. He will attend camp at Notre Dame and Ohio State before the summer is over. He hopes to make a big impression at Ohio State because he has a high level of interest.

"It feels good when schools are calling and they show interest in you," explains Patterson. "The coaches are really cool to talk to and when they are talking about paying for 4 years of schools it is like a reward for all the hard work."

At 6'2", 210 pounds, Patterson is an all around athlete on both sides of the ball. On offense, he is a self-proclaimed playmaker and runs good routes. Patterson has the ability to get separate from defenders too. On defense, his strengths are playing sideline to sideline, chasing down backs really well, and making the big hit.

"I can always get better, though," say Patterson. "I have been working on running my routes all the way through and little things like head fakes. Defensively I have been working on the bump and run and man coverage."

Patterson could play either wide receiver or safety in college, and he doesn't really have a preference. However, he is quick to express his love to hit the other guy.

"My number one goal this season is to stay healthy. Next, is to get to the playoffs and beyond. Third is to make the All-Conference team, then All-Metro, and then hopefully All-State," says Patterson.

As far as becoming a successful college player, Patterson understands he will need to work on his game. "I will need to get bigger and quicker so I can be up to game speed. I also need to work on my mental game so I can recognize things before they happen. I also need to be more patient. Sometimes I get frustrated when I am trying to make the big play and it doesn't happen."

Patterson made the All-Metro team as a junior this past season, and he broke the school record for receptions by a freshman two seasons ago.

Patterson is also a member of the National Honor Society and carries a 4.03 cumulative GPA, so he doesn't lack anything in the classroom either. He plans on studying business management in college and going into sports management or sales.

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