Patterson Enjoys Visit; Changes Plan

Florida, Kentucky and Duke each had their chance to persuade Patrick Patterson on official visits and this past weekend Wake Forest made their pitch. Patterson spoke with Deaconsports and issued his thoughts on his visit and his upcoming plans.

Four down and one official visit to go for Patrick Patterson.

The Huntington (WV) High standout has already been to Florida, Kentucky, Duke and was in Winston-Salem, NC., this past weekend checking out Wake Forest's campus.

The Demon Deacons haven't received much publicity for their recruiting efforts with Patrick Patterson, but they were the first school to offer's 11th ranked player and he said they have as good as shot as anyone to gain his services.

"Oh yeah - Wake has a good chance," Patterson said Monday evening. "I really like Wake. I like the basketball team and the coaching staff. I love the campus and it's like two hours away from my family."

The 6-8, 234-pound PF arrived in Winston-Salem Thursday night and began touring the campus and hanging out with the players Friday morning.

"We had breakfast first then I went to class with Kevin (Swinton). I went to a practice and watched them practice a little bit and then toured the practice facilities. I met the football coach and met with the President."

"Then I ate at the cafeteria I got to know the players and got to talk to them. We hung out at night time and had dinner at Coach (Skip) Prosser's house and we met his family and Coach (Jeff) Battle's and other the coaches families."

Another highlight of the trip was watching Wake Forest's Black/Gold scrimmage.

"They have a pretty solid team. They have a solid big man and some great guards and wing players. They should make some noise this season."

While the Wake Forest visit went very well, the Deacs are up against some stiff competition in Kentucky, Florida, Duke and Virginia, who will get a visit from Patterson and his family this weekend.

There has been recent talk that Duke was out of the running for Patterson, but he denied it. He said his visit to Durham was a solid one.

"[Coach K] and I talked a lot and we ate dinner at his house and went out for dinner. The basketball players showed me around. Me and coach talked a lot during the visit and my family really liked him and coach Wojo, coach Collins and coach Dawkins."

Originally Patterson planned to make a decision after his official visits, but his plans have changed.

"[I'm going to] cut the list down to three or four schools then decide over my basketball season and sign in the April period. I'll probably wait it out. I won't wait till April, but I'll probably decide between January and February."

"I'll try to narrow it down to four," he said. "I'll cut one school off."

Although the Virginia visit is his last official, it likely won't be his last visit.

"I'm going to try and unofficial some of the basketball games so I'll take visits again to the colleges. I'll do some unofficials. I'll go to at least one unofficial to each school."

The recruiting process hasn't been the only thing on Patterson's mind. The basketball season is about to start and he'll be playing alongside's highest rated player,O.J. Mayo.

"We're looking real well. I think we are ranked in the top ten and we are starting to gel together. I think we'll be real good. It won't be that much different. We are all passing and we'll share the ball. "

Patterson returns as the state's player of the year and has led Huntington to two state titles.

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