Two offers And Counting For Patterson

2017 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M CB Darreyl Patterson (5-11, 178) talks recruiting and where things stand as we head into the summer...

"So far, I have offers from Arkansas State and UCF," Patterson told "Right now, those are my two offers and the only other school that's talking to me so far is Arizona State."

As a prep at Lawton (Ok.) High School, Patterson signed with Kansas State, but before the start of what was to be his freshman season, he decided he'd made a mistake and started looking for a place to get a fresh start.

"I enrolled (at Kansas State) in the summer, but before school started, I left and started to look around," Patterson said. "NEO was close to home for me and they play great football here and I had a bunch of former Lawton teammates who were playing here, so it just seemed like the right fit for me."

Patterson is a versatile player who the Golden Norsemen plan to use at right corner.

"I am at my best in press coverage, but I can play off as well," Patterson noted. "I like playing man-to-man because it's you versus the receiver. Who's the better man? You gotta step up your game and bring it on every play in order to be successful, so you have to compete every play."

This offseason, while preparing for his first season of JUCO football, Patterson has focused on two areas that he hopes will allow him to lock down his side of the ball.

"I definitely want to get my footwork down and to get stronger," Patterson said. "Footwork helps you be able to break on passes better and being stronger will allow me to re-route receivers and be more physical with them at the line of scrimmage."

Patterson is set to finish up his two-year degree next May and he will have four years to play three, due to him greyshirting last fall, following the 2016 football season.

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