The recruiting process for cornerback Darreyl Patterson is likely to extend to the winter, but he now knows where it will begin.
The 6-foot three-star defensive back out of Lawton, Okla., who is ranked No. 90 by Scout among defensive backs in the 2015 Class, will make his official visit to Iowa State for its season-opener Aug. 30 against North Dakota State.
“I’m trying to see how the games are, the atmosphere, how the people get involved and things like that and the campus and everything,” Patterson told AllCyclones.com.
Patterson currently has offers from Kansas State, Arizona State, Washington State and Tulsa among others. He also has a direct connection to the Cyclones as former Lawton High School teammate Mike Warren arrived in Ames as part of the 2014 Class as a running back.
Communication between Patterson and Warren recently saw an uptick. Much of what Patterson knows about Iowa State comes from his former high school teammate.
“Just how they run their program, the things Mike tells me about the football team,” Patterson said of what he likes. “I’ve just recently started talking to him about Iowa State and stuff like that.”
Patterson will eventually make a visit to Washington State on Sept. 20 followed by Arizona State later on. His visit to Ames, which will come alongside JUCO cornerback Antoine Albert as well as JUCO tight end Chris French, he said, will allow him to hear from coaches and staff what they see in his future.
His commitment decision will likely take more time.
“I might commit right before Signing Day,” Patterson said. “Right after football season.”