RECRUITING: Sooners on South Carolina DT's list

Columbia, S.C. defensive lineman Adam Patterson update.

ADAM PATTERSON, DT, 6'3, 260, 4.64, COLUMBIA (RICHLAND NORTHEAST HS), SOUTH CAROLINA:

Adam Patterson is without question one of the top defensive line prospects in the country. He can run well enough to possibly play defensive end, but has the size of a defensive tackle.

Patterson was a part-time starter his sophomore year at both defensive tackle and defensive end, and then last year became the full-time starter at defensive tackle and finished with 66 tackles, 11 for loss and six sacks.

"I think I might be a defensive end on the D-1 level, but I will play wherever they want to play me," said Patterson. "I have good speed and good power. That is why I think I can play both positions."

He can bench 350, squat 535 and has posted a 34-inch vertical jump. He also starts in hoops and he swims the freestyle events on the swim team.

Patterson attended the Georgia Summer Camp and junior days at North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson and Florida. Patterson has been offered by around 30 schools at this time and he admits he has to start narrowing down his choices.

"I plan to narrow my choices down to a top five in August," said Patterson. "I am still considering all of them at this point. This is going to be a tough decision for me."

Patterson has been offered by the likes of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Auburn and Oklahoma to name a few.

What are Patterson's thoughts on Oklahoma?

"They are pretty good. I like them a lot," said Patterson. "I feel they are going to be very high in my decision. I think there is a good chance I will take an official visit to Oklahoma. I am not for sure about that right now, but I am considering it."

Will distance be a factor?

"It doesn't really matter where I go," said Patterson. "I just want to go to a school where I feel comfortable and where I can have a good time going to school."

Patterson is close qualifying.


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