Older, experienced junior college cornerbacks are always in demand, especially in a conference like the pass-happy Big 12. NEO A&M graduating cornerback Darreyl Patterson is being evaluated and recruited heavily this spring.
NEO A&M wrapped up their spring football on Thursday night and despite a lot of flooding last week that shut down some of the town of Miami's main streets there were still a number of major college coaches that made it into Miami. Earlier in the week Oklahoma State safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt had been into the junior college and while Oklahoma State was evaluating several prospects, one that they are still interested in is former Lawton All-State cornerback Darreyl Patterson. The one-time Kansas State signee that did not make it academically is coming back for a second season and 6-0, 170 pounds is a target for several schools and being evaluated by several others.
Patterson has offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, and Central Florida. He is being looked at by a number of schools including Oklahoma State and makes no doubt about the fact he wants to play in a power conference when he leaves NEO. Coming out of Lawton and before signing with Kansas State he also visited Oklahoma, Washington State, Baylor, and Louisville. He was highly regarded and last season as a freshman for the Norse he finished with 35 tackles, broke up nine passes, and picked off two including a late interception that preserved an NEO win as the Norse made the playoffs. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Patterson is a three for two player, meaning he has three years left on his clock to fit in two seasons of play. He is also set to be ready to transfer in December. I fully expect his interest to pick up and Oklahoma State is keeping close tabs as they will lose two senior corners this season, including fifth-year graduate transfer Adrian Baker, so adding some age and maturity to the position that is otherwise pretty young might be something that the Cowboys will be looking to do.