Patterson Still Has a Favorite

Many juniors are constantly swayed by each new school that comes courting their services at this time, but some have favorites that stand out through it all. For Skyline junior Dominique Patterson, his favorite is still clear. Aggie Websider visits with him about his latest visits.

Dallas Skyline linebacker Dominique Patterson was one of many Texas high school junior prospects to attend Sunday's junior day festivities at the University of Texas in Austin. Patterson made the three hour drive with his mother along with fellow teammates Mike Davis and Corey Nelson who traveled separately to the state's capitol. The trip gained high marks from the talented linebacker.

"Texas is Texas. It's a great school and the facilities are excellent," Patterson said. "The highlight was meeting Mack Brown in person. He's a good guy. Everybody made us feel at home."

The Texas coaching staff uses their first junior day to extend offers for the first time to their top tier prospects. Did Patterson secure an offer from Coach Brown and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp on Sunday?

"They didn't offer. Coach Brown said he liked my film and liked my grades but they weren't there yet," Patterson said. "Coach Muschamp said they were still in the process of filtering through all the recruits and that I was close to an offer."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound playmaker previously attended a Texas A&M junior day event and still plans to see several other Big 12 schools in the next few weeks. Did the trip to Austin change his thoughts on the recruiting process and his current leader for his services?

"Texas jumped up there, but Texas A&M is still my first choice," Patterson said. "I still want to go see Oklahoma and I have a visit scheduled to Texas Tech on February 28."

Having visited the two lone star state rivals in recent weeks, the Skyline product offered up his comparison of the two universities.

"Both are great schools. Facilities are excellent at both and the food was great," Patterson said. "Texas is in a big city and it would force me to grow up faster. I like A&M because it's a college town and I could stay more focused. From that standpoint, both have their pros and cons."

Patterson indicated that he's not ready to make a decision. He'll take his trip to Lubbock to see Texas Tech later this month and then he'll evaluate where he's at in the process and whether he's ready to make a choice on where he'll play football at the next level.

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