'04 Army All-American sets visit with Rebs

Chris Patterson (LB, Joliet CC, IL) - Chris was one of the more highly decorated prospects to come out of the '04 class

He was named Army All-American, Top 100 by Scout.com and Student Sports, Parade All-American, and 1st team All-state by the Champaign News-Gazette, Chicago Tribune and the Illinois High School Coaches Association.

Patterson signed with Oklahoma and was set to play with one of the top programs in the country, but one thing held him back.

"I was a point and half shy on my ACT test. I did not find out until the end of June. I was all set on being a Sooner. My heart was crushed, man. It was the worst experience I have ever gone through, added the 6' 3", 215 pound Chris Patterson.

Patterson took the show to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and had an outstanding freshman campaign where he was named 1st Team All-State.

"I had 108 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 3 blocked punts."

Chris decided to move back closer to home after his freshman season and transferred to Joliet CC which is located in his home state.

"We had a good year. We are playing in the Graphic Edge Bowl this Sunday against Iowa Central. The team is pretty fired up about it."

Chris was used as a rush end in the past to utilize his God given speed (4.5 forty), but Joliet decided to give him a new responsibility.

"I am playing in more space that I am use to. I playing a lot more man coverage. It has added another dimension to my craft."

Patterson has 60 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, and 1 defensive touchdown on the season.

"My numbers are down, but I missed a couple of games, and it took me a couple of games to get use to my new role. I am playing better than ever though."

Chris is set to graduate in December so now it is time to focus on his recruitment.

"I set up my first official visit last week with Ole Miss. I am going up there on December 1 - 3. I like the conference they play in, and I know they lack depth at linebacker. That is one of the greatest things about Ole Miss; I can come in and start right away. I look at what they did for Patrick Willis. That says a lot about their coaches. They have put him in the right spots to make plays. Now he is noted as the best linebacker in the country. And then I look at what they did with Rory Johnson. He is a juco guy like myself. They did not get him until school until like the week of their first game. He did not have any time to learn the system, and now he is already averaging like 14 tackles and game. That shows me they really know how to coach their linebackers up, whether they be high school or juco guys. They have a good track record."

What other schools are under consideration for this talented linebacker?

"Oregon, Minnesota, Memphis, Temple, and Iowa State."

Have they all offered?

"Yes, and a few more too."

What stands out about Minnesota?

"I like them because it is close to home, and I have some family over there."

And Temple?

"They just called me today, so I am just now starting to get to know them."

What are Iowa State's positives?

"They are going to be a surprise team in the next two years. I know they let their staff go, but they have the players to turn that thing around. The change of staffs might give that team a spark. You never know."

And Oregon?

"They also play for a good conference (PAC 10). The good thing about them is that I would get to see a different area of the country. I am ready to get out of here and see a different part of the world. They are not that far from California, and I really love their jerseys."

Which college is coming after Patterson the hardest?

"I would have to say Ole Miss. They are just a little more consistent than everybody else. They have been calling me every week since school started, and they even call my high school coach and councilor to find out about me. That shows me they are a little more interested."

Where will Patterson take his talents to in December?

Stay here at scout.com to find out.

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