2009 Prospect Avery Patterson

Avery Patterson, the 5-9, 165-pound from Pittsburg (Calif.) High, is emerging as one of the best cornerback prospects in Northern Cal, having four offers from Pac-10 schools. He talked to us about his recruitment and having visited UCLA's campus...

Pittsburg (Calif.) cornerback Avery Patterson is now standing on four scholarship offers, all from the Pac-10, and several more schools are staying in contact with him.

The 5-9, 165-pound speedster has offers from Arizona State, Oregon, Arizona and Washington State, and nearly the rest of the Pac-10 has been frequently contacting him or has come by the school.

"I'm really interested in Cal because I'm from the Bay Area, and I also like Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and USC," said Patterson.

Patterson took an unofficial visit to UCLA earlier this spring, for Junior Day, and enjoyed his time in Westwood.

"I took a trip to UCLA and it was a pretty good visit," said Patterson. "The coaches really stressed the academics and the tradition the program has and how they're trying to get back to the Rose Bowl. I talked a lot with Coach (Frank) Gansz. He didn't talk about an offer but said they are very interested me. They still keep in touch."

Patterson is also planning a busy camp schedule.

"I'm going to Cal and UCLA's 1-Day Camp in June and to USC's Rising Seniors Camp too," said Patterson. "I'm really hoping to get an offer from those three so I want to go to their camps and have a good showing."

Arizona State was the first school to offer Patterson, doing so verbally before Washington State offered him verbally.

"I was excited to get the offer from Arizona State, but more excited when I got the official offer from Washington State. I was more like relieved to get that out of the way. Then more schools started offering. Washington could be offering at any time."

While he didn't want to name a favorite, Patterson said his top seven schools were Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, Washington State, USC and Oregon State.

"I'm open to anyone, but if it came down to it, the Pac-10 is the best conference for me," said Patterson. "And if I had my choice, I'd like to stay in California. Miami was the school I grew up watching, but I want to play in the Pac-10 against the best."

As a junior, Patterson had 45 tackles and ran for three touchdowns for the Pirates.

Academically, he has a 2.8 GPA and scored a 1200 on the SAT.

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