Army All-American names a leader

Pat Patterson reopened his recruitment last month and has been hush/hush on naming a leader until now. To find out which school is on top, read below.

"Ole Miss pretty much jumps out at me the most," added Pat Patterson. "I just like the improvements they have made as a football team, and how badly they want me. They are showing me the most love right now, been showing me the most, to be truthful."

The Rebels were the first school to come see the 6' 3", 210 pounder for an in-home visit, and it looks like this is just another feather in Ole Miss' cap.

"Coach (Derrick) Nix came by tonight. It is the little things they are doing, like tonight. They just go the extra mile with me. They wanted to be the first ones in my house, and that meant a lot to me. It just tells me how much they want me."

Coach Nix had a few selling points for the 1st Team 2007 All-State selection by the Jackson Clarion Ledger.

"He talked about how good of a person I am, and how good of a player I can be. Coach (Nix) wanted to show me how they were going to use me. He said that I can line out wide, or I can run the Wild Rebel formation and let me run with the ball and make reads off the keys."

What selling point excited Pat the most?

"When he told me that they were not scared to start their true freshmen; that really caught my eye."

Each team's passing attack is a focal point for the 2008 Army All-American and the Rebels seem to have what he is looking for.

"I saw some highlights of the Egg Bowl, and I watched the LSU, Alabama, and Florida games on TV. They have a really good QB who is going to be around a couple more years. He gets it in their playmakers hands and lets them make plays."

Pat has set up two official visits up to this point.

"I am going to Auburn January 10th and USM January 17th. Ole Miss told me that they want to bring me in January. We just have not set up the date yet. Alabama is also talking about bringing me in January or maybe mid-December."

What is going on with Alabama?

"They are still one of my top schools. They want to line me up next to Julio Jones. That way, you will not be able to double team either one of us. They still call me every week and things like that."

And Auburn?

"They are struggling on offense, but they think I can be their feature WR next year. They are actually showing me a whole lot of love too."

USM's freshman WR, DeAndre Brown, set every Eagle receiving record this season as a freshman and that has made an impact on Patterson.

"They say I can come in and catch 90 passes like DeAndre did."

More importantly, Noxubee County has some unfinished business on the field to take care of Saturday in the Class 4A Championship game.

"Last year we made it to the Finals, but I was hurt, and only got to play in 3 plays. This year, I am 100% healthy, and I am looking to bring home the trophy to Mecon (MS). That is our only focus right now. Plus, a lot of people are waiting to see the showdown between me and Kevin Norwood for D' Iberville, so we both have a little motivation (laugh) to see who is best."

Pat has 73 catches on the season for 1, 287 yards and 19 TD's after collecting over 1, 400 receiving yards as a junior.


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