4-star receiver talks the latest

Henry County (McDonough, GA) 4-star wide receiver Jamal Patterson is one of the top receiver prospects in America this recruiting year, and the athletic playmaker has had a busy summer attending different camps and checking out several of the schools that are pursuing him. GamecockAnthem.com recently spoke with the elite wideout, and he discussed the latest in his recruitment.

The following interview was performed by GamecockAnthem's Doug Jolley.

The 6'2", 203 pound Patterson, who is ranked by Scout.com as the no. 15 wide receiver prospect nationally, has his pick of top schools to choose from. The Peach State product has over fifty scholarship offers to his credit, including tenders from major programs like Florida, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, West Virginia, and Clemson, among others.

While Patterson is still trying to learn as much as he can about his suitors and isn't ready to narrow his list of schools down, he did acknowledge that six teams are currently recruiting him the hardest.

"The schools recruiting me the hardest are Central Florida, Stanford, Wake Forest, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina."

One school that has been on Patterson's radar since the early stages of his recruitment is South Carolina, and he took the time to describe what he likes about the Gamecocks.

"South Carolina's a great place. I went up for their spring game, and I feel the love there. I know a couple of commits like Chris Payne and (Justice Cunningham). I hung out with them at the spring game," said Patterson. "When I went to camp there (two summer ago), Coach Spurrier Jr. taught me so many things. That's helped my game so much. They're recruiting me pretty hard. I get a lot of mail from them and talk with them like every other day. I keep in contact with South Carolina."

According to Patterson, he's also intrigued by Steve Spurrier's history of producing top wide receivers.

"Their offense is great for wide receivers. Coach Spurrier knows how to get receivers open out there. They've had Sidney Rice and Kenny McKinley so they put out really good receivers."

Another SEC program that has Patterson's interest is LSU, and the 4-star performer is hoping to visit Baton Rouge sometime soon.

"LSU is a big time program. I definitely want to get down there. They're the defending national champions, and they're losing some receivers so that could help me with my position on the depth chart."

Patterson made a recent visit to the west coast, and he checked out Stanford while he was there.

"I went out to Stanford like (four) weeks ago and stayed there for three days. It's a beautiful campus, and they play in a good conference in the PAC 10. It's like a passing conference. Their academics are excellent. It's real nice."

The next trip on the slate for Patterson will be to South Bend in a couple weeks to see what Notre Dame has to offer. After that visit, the standout receiver plans to narrow his list down to five or seven schools.

He's unsure when he plans to make a final decision on his college choice at this point, but Patterson does know a few key factors that he'll be looking for when the time comes to pick a school.

"I'll look at academics first. That's why I'm going to college. I want to have a tight bond with the coaching staff, and I'll also see how fast I can get on the field. I'd like to get on the field my freshman year. I'll keep working hard so I can make an instant impact."

Patterson, who helped lead Henry County to the 3A Regional Championship last fall, finished his junior season with 44 catches for 933 yards and 11 touchdowns. He boasts a sterling 4.5 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT. He plans to major in psychology when he gets to college.

The following is Scout.com Southeastern Recruiting Manager Burke Hayes' evaluation of Patterson:

A vertical threat in the truest sense, Patterson stretches the field and often requires a bracket. He is nearly impossible to jam at the LOS, due to his exceptional upper-body strength. Already a legitimate red-zone threat, he climbs the ladder as well as anybody and wins most jump balls. Puts defenses in a bind because he escapes the jam/press and instantly gets vertical...if corners play off, he is very hard to tackle in space.

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