One player who might be on the cusp of an SMU offer is North Mesquite's Devin Patterson. Patterson arguably was the best wide receiver at the SMU camp in Dallas last Sunday.
"I think that I did really well at the camp. I ran my routes the correct way and I caught the ball pretty well," stated Patterson to PonyStampede.com. "It was a good day. The campus was pretty nice. I had a good time."
Patterson already has an offer from UTEP and is possibly getting close to seeing Kansas pull the trigger. Last season in North Mesquite's run first offense, the junior had thirteen caches for 138 yards and three touchdowns. This year, the wide receiver expects to see his numbers increase.
"The last couple of years we have run the ball a lot, but I'm expecting to get a lot more passes thrown my way," said Patterson. "They have said they want to try to establish more of a passing game."
Patterson was easy to spot on the field last Sunday. He excelled in 1-on-1 drills, beating corner after corner and drawing praise from the coaching staff. It was quiet clear that the SMU staff had targeted the wide receiver as a player to watch during camp.
"I think I impressed the coaching staff. Coach Reinebold was telling me that he liked me a lot. That I could project to play on the inside or the outside because of my smoothness in running routes," stated Patterson. "It doesn't matter to me where I play. Just as long as I can get on the field."
The junior checks in at 6'0 and 175 pounds. On the Hilltop he ran a 4.5 forty, one of the fastest times of the day.