Patterson keeping an eye on the Dawgs

Over and over this past spring Washington Offensive Coordinator Tim Lappano stated that, while he liked the set of receivers on hand, he preferred to have a little more speed on the outside. Look no further than Long Beach Poly WR Travon Patterson.

"I like running track, but football is what I love to do," Patterson told Sunday.

Unlike a lot of track stars, Patterson is a football player who excels at track. Patterson is fast enough to be part of the winning 4x400 team in the National Scholastic Indoor Championships, held in New York this past March.

Currently Patterson - along with his Jackrabbit teammates - are preparing to attend the NIKE passing tournament on the USC campus on July 15th. "Right now we're running through some practices with our team," Patterson said. "Last year we lost to Mission Viejo in the championship there last year, but this year I think we've got the guys who can take it."

Patterson has been a busy young man during the early part of the 2005-2006 recruiting season, receiving early offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado and Utah and he just picked up his seventh offer very recently. "Arizona just offered me late last week," Patterson said proudly. "It made me feel good to know they like me and wanted me enough to offer me."

One school that is high on his list is UW. "Coach (Trent) Miles has been talking to me the most," Patterson said referring to the new Huskies Running Backs Coach. "He called me in May and I've called them a couple times.

"I spoke with (receivers coach Eric Yarber), coach (Tyrone) Willingham and (offensive coordinator Tim) Lappano," Patterson said. "We talk about a lot of stuff when I call them. How their workouts are going, how my workouts are going, academics and stuff like that. They also told me I'm the top receiver on their list right now."

Patterson has never been to Washington before, but that will change very soon. "I'm heading up there with my team to play Bellevue High School in September," Patterson said excitedly. "I'm looking forward to seeing Qwest Field and what the area is like. It looks nice from the pictures I've seen."

While he hasn't set up any official visits as of this story, he said that could change any time. "I haven't been thinking a lot about that right now," Patterson said matter-of-factly. "I've really been focusing on getting myself and my teammates ready for the season, but I know that I need to start narrowing my list down pretty soon.

"I'm still open to everyone and just feeling things out right now. USC, LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma and Cal are other schools I'm interested in that haven't offered yet, so we'll just have to see what happens."

Patterson said he doesn't plan an early decision, but he could make one if the feeling is right. "I could make my decision during my season, after my season or whenever," Patterson stated. "I would like to see some of the games from the teams who I'm really interested in, because I want to see how they are using their receivers and stuff."

Patterson reports a 2.8 GPA, a 1340 SAT (new version) and an 18 ACT. "My school counselor and my coaches have told me that I'm already qualified," he said.

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