Patterson Evaluating Options

DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland continues to be a machine in terms of producing high D-I level talent year after year. The high school class of 2011 is no different as DeMatha has a bevy of future D-I signees including defensive tackle Kendall Patterson.

Kendall Patterson stands 6'2, 281 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.96 seconds at a recent combine. Blessed with great size and quickness, Patterson had an eye opening junior season that included 9 sacks in leading DeMatha to the state title game. DeMatha lost in the title game, however, making the 2009 season the first year in seven years that the Stags did not win the state title.

"We didn't like what happened last year and we're going to get [the title] back to DeMatha," Patterson told DeaconSports. "We start the gym workouts on Tuesday and we're ready. College coaches come too so we're looking forward it."

Coaches have already had an opportunity to see Patterson perform and schools have jumped head first into the mix with the massive defensive tackle. "Recruiting is starting to heat up for me," he said. "I'm basically getting recruited mostly by schools on the east coast. I'm sure some on the west coast will start to get in the mix later in the game. For offers I have Duke, I have Maryland, I have Marshall, and New Mexico."

Thus far, Patterson has made visits to a host of schools including Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Rutgers, and Wake Forest. Patterson visited Wake Forest for the Demon Deacons' spring game this past weekend. "This was my second time down to Wake," said Patterson who visited with teammate Jesstin Hamm. "I like Wake Forest a lot. It's a small university so I get the feeling that you can have a strong connection with the coaches and players and in the classroom. The coaches seem down to earth. I've talked to Coach Grobe, Coach Lambert, and Coach McCartney who does the defensive tackles."

According to Patterson, members of the Wake Forest staff are expected to be at DeMatha in the coming weeks to view the team's workouts. "They're coming up to the workouts coming up in the next few weeks," he noted. "They haven't offered yet but said just continue to be patient with them. They just got finished evaluating on my film."

Patterson has no leader and is staying "very open at this point" although he does note that Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Duke, Penn State, Wake Forest and Maryland are in contact on a more regular basis than other suitors.

When it comes time to make a decision, Patterson has specific criteria he plans to evaluate schools on. "Academics come first and foremost," he said. "Then definitely a family atmosphere. Early playing time is a key thing for me as well. Those are the three criteria I'm pressed upon."

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