And Patterson is having some early success in recruiting.
Patterson said he is pretty open at this time, though Cal, UCLA, USC and Colorado were standing out on his list.
He attended the Nike Camp in Los Angeles but missed the Scout.com Combine because of track. Patterson clocked a 4.5 forty at the Nike camp. He said, "I think I did really good there, and when I left the camp, people were saying I was one of the top two receivers there and I made a good duo with Terrance (Austin)."
So have Patterson and Austin talked about possibly playing together in college? "Yeah, we would like to. We would love to play together. But we have to do what's best for us," said Patterson.
Patterson has been to junior days at UCLA, Cal and USC. He said, "I really liked them, academic wise. How they train the athletes for school and sports. I like how they all do that."
Patterson is not sure about camps this summer.
He was one of several Poly athletes featured recently in a Sports Illustrated feature. "It was pretty exciting. People now know what I have done. I really loved being in there. It was honor," he said.
He is still in track, having qualified for the CIF Masters Meet in the 100m and 4x100m. However, he did get disqualified in the 200m and 4x400. "It was a little disappointing, but I still am alive in a couple of events.
Patterson said he isn't hurrying to make a decision about college. "There is no decision coming soon, I won't make my decision until later on, when recruiting goes deeper. I want to see depth charts before narrowing it down. It could be before the season, it could be after."
As a junior, Patterson had 26 catches for 610 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Jackrabbits CIF Division I championship season.
Patterson said he has a 3.0 GPA.