Patterson making his name

It has been a good couple of months for Lawton's Darreyl Patterson, and it should only get better.

Things are starting to come together for Lawton (Okla.) High defensive back Darreyl Patterson. It helps that he's at Lawton.

Schools have been flocking to the southwestern Oklahoma city because of massive offensive guard Jalin Barnett, the top-ranked prospect in the state. Barnett has been the top name for more than a year and nothing seems to be slowing him down.

But Lawton also has a nice history of having under the radar prospects emerge. Last year it happened with running back Michael Warren. A virtual unknown heading into his senior season, he put in the work on the field and in the classroom and signed with Iowa State.

Patterson was pretty much an unknown like Warren. But whereas Warren needed a senior season to become noticed, Patterson needed a winter of having his film hit the market.

Once it did, everything has changed. Patterson now has five offers from the likes of Tulsa, Kansas State and North Texas and more should be coming down his way when the spring evaluation period starts in two weeks.

The offers are nice, but it's obvious there is one offer he is holding out for.

"I want to see if OU (Oklahoma) is going to offer me," Patterson said. "I've been on a lot of visits, but my favorite one by far has been OU."

Patterson wasn't really someone that looked like he would be invited to OU's junior day. The Sooners invited less than 45 prospects combined for their two events. But Patterson got the news about two days before the first one in February and absolutely fell in love with Norman.

So did the OU coaches. Patterson said OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he has everything they're looking for at a defensive back.

Classified as a cornerback, Patterson actually said he's hoping to play safety. He said he likes to come off blockers and deliver big hits.

"I really want to play safety. I mean I really do," Patterson said. "That doesn't mean I can't play cornerback, though."

Patterson would love to be at OU's spring game April 12 but something even more important is going to keep him from Norman. One word of advice from the OU coaches has been about his academics so Patterson said he's going to take the ACT on April 12 and hope to qualify.

The plan, Patterson said, is for the OU coaches to come down in the spring and evaluate his progress as well as see how things are going academically.

Patterson will be one of a plethora of top regional prospects at the Nike camp in Dallas this weekend.

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