Patterson has a good frame and fine athleticism (6-1, 200, 4.5) and emerged as a prime target on Ohio State's recruiting radar in June, when he attended OSU's one-day Senior Advanced Camp and put on a showing good enough to gain an offer.
Patterson's interest in the Buckeyes continued throughout the summer, and he took an official visit to Ohio State the weekend of December 5th. The visit made enough of an impression to put the Buckeyes at the top of his list.
Patterson played both ways for Hazelwood Central in 2003, racking up 73 tackles, 1 INT and six pass breakups on defense with 45 catches for 831 yards and 11 TDs on offense. He projects as a safety on the next level.