Honored to Meet Paterno

Penn State hosted numerous recruits for unofficial visits last weekend as they defeated Ohio State in front of a national audience. The Nittany Lions even received a visit from one of the top prospects in South Carolina who flew up with his father and uncle. Did he leave Happy Valley impressed?

Adam Patterson, has quietly earned a reputation of being one of the top defensive line prospects on the east coast. The 6-foot-3, 255 pound standout from Richland Northeast High in Columbia, S.C., took a flight along with his father and uncle last weekend to see the Nittany Lions take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State.

"Everything went well, those fans are very loyal up there," Patterson said. "We got there kind of late, but I got the chance to meet Joe Paterno. That was such a big honor for me to meet just a great football coach."

Penn State offered Patterson during the summer, but his name just recently surfaced as having interest in the Nittany Lions. Will Patterson take an official visit to University Park?

"I'm still thinking about that," he said. "Right now I know I'm going to visit North Carolina State and South Carolina. I'm also considering Tennessee and Penn State. Right now we're 7-0, so I'm trying to focus on my team; we have a big game coming up Friday night against Ridgeview. That game will likely determine who wins our league."

Being a defensive player, Patterson found the atmosphere and that stingy Nittany Lion defense to his liking.

"The game atmosphere was definitely the highlight of the trip," he said. "Their defense is very good and that was definitely a defensive game."

Most of the articles written about Patterson make it seem like he will stay south. According to Patterson, that may not be the case.

"I honestly could see myself going anywhere."


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