"Right now I have offers from Tulane, UMass, Arkansas State, UTEP, Toledo and Tulsa," Patton said. "Arkansas State is the latest school to offer me and I have been talking to Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette and I think they (ULL) is close to offering me."
As a freshman last season, Patton played mostly free safety, totaling 48 tackles, but this fall, he'll be moving down closer to the box and playing over the slot more.
"I can do both, but this season I'll be doing a lot of nickel work where I'm closer to the line," Patton noted. "I'm at my best playing man-to-man and I'm a good blitzer and that's why I got moved to nickel because I time it well and I have the ability to get to the quarterback. I also am a good tackler and a hard hitter, so they want me up closer to line so I can help support the run."
This offseason, Patton has been hard at work improving as a player, focusing on several areas he thinks will help make him into the best player he can be.
"A big thing for me is my ball skills," Patton said. "I want to make more plays on the ball and pull down more picks, so I have been doing ball drills and catching passes all the time.
"I am also working on getting faster and making sure my eyes are right because eye discipline is what really helps you read things correctly and puts you around the ball that much more."
As a prep, Patton played for Pascagoula (Ms.) High School, but he was unable to get qualified, so Jones was his best option.
"I actually was set to walk-on at Ole Miss, but I wasn't able to get qualified," Patton said. "Jones is a great school with a great staff and I just felt like it was the right place where I could do what I needed to do academically and still play at a high level of football."
Patton is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.