"I was at Wake Forest for a camp and they offered me," an excited Patterson said this week. "Actually, I've had a great relationship with Wake's coaches for a long time. We've been in contact ever since my sophomore year so we have a good connection."
Coach Lambert has had the primary responsibility of recruiting Patterson to Winston-Salem and he has obviously done an excellent job thus far. It was Patterson's third trip to the Wake Forest campus, which means he is as familiar with Wake as he is with any of the other schools recruiting him. It also means he's extremely interested in the school and feels very comfortable with the coaches and players in the program.
Patterson was excited to finally pick up an offer from the Demon Deacons and he was adamant that Wake Forest is a school that will be a major factor down the road as he begins to narrow things down and move toward a decision.
The 6-3, 270-pound prospect camped at NC State, where he picked up another offer, and North Carolina as well. Though the Tar Heels were impressed with Patterson, they did not offer -- at least not yet.
"That was my first time at UNC," he said. "I liked everything I saw. They just said they wanted to see a little more film on me."
Patterson said he plans to visit as many schools as he is able to get to this summer but also said he doesn't have any plans that are set in stone. In other words, he's totally open to what might come along but there's no guarantee that he will make it to any other schools. He isn't sure when he wants to make his decision.
"I'm not sure right now. I'm just staying open to the whole recruiting (process)."
UCF and Buffalo are two of Patterson's more recent offers, besides Wake Forest and N.C. State. He will take a close look at all of the schools that have offered before he makes his decision, and you get the impression from talking to Patterson that he isn't a young man that will let his emotions get the better of his ability to think through things soundly.
"I'm looking for a good balance of academics and athletics and then just a good relationship with the coaches and a family atmosphere," he noted. "I don't have any favorites. I'm staying open."