Entering his fourth year as a starter for the Gaels, Patterson was the anchor of Bishop Gorman's 15-0 state champion last fall, as a center.
The owner of a pair of offers, Patterson is doing what he can to get out and see some more schools. He's no stranger to college football; his father was the defensive line coach at UNLV and is now at UTEP.
But Patterson is still trying to get out and take in some unofficial visits.
Last weekend, Patterson visited UCLA and went to the Rose Bowl for the Bruins' spring game.
"It was nice out there," said Patterson. "The campus was nice and then I got to see the Rose Bowl and got to go inside. I'd never been there before so that was pretty cool. It's the Rose Bowl and all the historic games that have been played there, and knowing it was where the game was at, it was all fun."
Patterson spent some time on the UCLA campus on Saturday before venturing to the Rose Bowl.
"I went up there on Saturday and that morning checked it out," said Patterson. "I'd already been to the campus before so then we went up there and hung out in Pasadena and went out to the Spring Game. I talked with Coach Norm Chow and Coach Wayne Moses. My dad knows them both because he's coached against them and he coached with Coach Moses."
Patterson said the Bruin staff gave him an idea of where he stood.
"They said they'll be sending people out to my school this spring to watch me and will come by in May," said Patterson.
Patterson's offers are from Nevada and UTEP, schools he's somewhat familiar with.
"I've been to UTEP already, I went there earlier this spring for my spring break, and went up there and went up to practice," said Patterson. "I also know a lot about Nevada. UNLV (where his dad was previously on staff), if they offered me, I'd look at them too."
Gorman had a number of players sign this past February and will have a few more this next class, with two of Patterson's teammates already committed to Pac-10 schools (Evan Zeger to Washington and Jalen Grimble to USC). So college coaches will be aplenty on the Gorman campus.
Patterson said he's got a pretty solid top five.
"I'd definitely have to put the two schools that offered me, Nevada and UTEP, on there and then I really like UCLA. I also like Washington State and probably USC would round it out."
Patterson said his recruiting attention is coming strictly as a center, though he's not against moving to defensive tackle or guard if that's where a school wanted him.
"If they chose to move me, I'd move, but most teams are recruiting me as a center," said Patterson.
When he'll decide is still yet to be determined.
"I really don't have an exact time and date, when I'll commit, it's probably whenever I feel like I find that school," said Patterson. "That's when I'll commit."
Patterson said he's planning to camp at Fresno State with Gorman, as they do each summer as a team, but as far as other camps are concerned, those are up in the air.
Academically, he has a 3.2 and scored a 1600 on the SAT.