Md. DL checking out Rutgers

The defensive lineman from DeMatha Cathoic (Hyattsville, Md.) was set to attend Rutgers' Junior Day, but a last minute change in his schedule caused him to miss it. However, the player talks about which schools are recruiting him, where he wants to play and what position he is best suited for along the defensive line.

DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) defensive lineman Kendall Patterson was excited to attend Rutgers' Junior Day, and was set to make the trip north.

"Then, we couldn't at the last minute,'' the 6-foot-2, 275-pound Patterson said. "It was a scheduling conflict.''

Patterson is disappointed he couldn't get to Piscataway, N.J., for the event, but he will be on campus next month for a big man challenge event, and is hoping to gain some insight into the school.

He is in the process of getting his junior highlight tape out to the masses, and waiting for his recruiting to heat up. He does not have an offer, but believes that will change once schools can evaluate his tape.

So far, Patterson said Rutgers, Boston College and Wake Forest are recruiting him the most, but he isn't sure what he is looking for in a school.

"I want to make some visits first before I make any decisions (on a list),'' said Patterson, who added he had a preference where he wanted to play. "Probably the Big Ten, the Big East or SEC, just because of the competition level.''

There is also the matter of which position Patterson will play.

In helping DeMatha (11-1) reach the Washington (D.C.) Catholic League title game, he switched between defensive tackle and defensive end. He figures the same plan will stay in place next season.

"I'll probably do a little bit of both,'' he said. "When we're in the 4-3, I'll probably be inside. But when we're in the 3-4, they'll have me on the outside. It all depends on the offense we're playing against. When you go against a spread offense, you want to have more (defensive backs) on the field, so we go with the 3-4.''

Which does he prefer?

"I think I prefer playing outside, but it really doesn't matter to me,'' Patterson said. "(College) said I could play both.''

As a junior, Patterson said he demonstrated better explosiveness at the snap and was "beating the man in front of me,'' something he attributed to offseason training.

"I noticed it right away,'' he said. "Then, there were double teams. I just had to turn my shoulders and try to split them.''

Patterson also has stated goals of improvement for the offseason.

"Not taking anything for granted and coming out and getting the win early,'' Patterson said. "That was a problem. (Individually), speed and agility (improvement). Doing more deep squats and running hills.''

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