2006: Poly's Travon Patterson

The 5-11, 165-pound wide receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, <b>Travon Patterson</b>, has some big shoes to fill. He's hearing early from many colleges, and he attended UCLA's Junior Day last Saturday...

With DeSean Jackson being the man for Long Beach Poly last year, Travon Patterson (5-11, 165) wasn't the focal point in the Jackrabbits offense.

But with Jackson graduating, Patterson will join Terrance Austin as the guys trying to replace Jackson's production, and in the process, give Poly one of the best receiver tandems in the West.

Patterson was in attendance at UCLA Junior Day on Saturday, and approved of everything he saw at UCLA. "I liked it. It's a nice campus and I really liked the coaching staff. I met with Coach (Dino) Babers for much of the day, and I really like his technique and coaching style. He's the kind of coach that makes you do it until you do it right, and I like that," said Patterson.

Patterson was one of four Jackrabbits in attendance at Junior Day, and they also spent time with current Bruins who were former Jackrabbits. "Yeah, I saw Byron (Velega), Rodney (Van) and Kevin (Brown). Poly's like a family, and it was good to see them," said Patterson.

While he doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, he is hearing from schools nationwide. Some of the schools he has received interest in are Washington State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Nevada, USC and UCLA. He wouldn't name a favorite, or a top five, nor even claim a childhood favorite.

"I'm way open right now," said Patterson.

Patterson will be at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles in April.

As a junior, Patterson had 26 catches for 610 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Jackrabbits CIF Division I championship season.

He claims a 3.0 GPA and will take the ACT on April 9th and the SAT on May 7th.

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