Patterson gets early looks from Mountain West

It's early in the recruiting process, but for Palomar College WR Maurice Patterson (6-3, 200) things have already started to heat up. He had a solid season for the Comets as a freshman in 2007 and he hopes a big sophomore campaign this fall leads to more attention and scholarship offers.

"I had a good season last year, but I want an even better one this coming fall," Patterson told recently. "I mean, we had a lot of talented guys on our team so we had to share the ball, but this season I want to put up big numbers and help us get back to the playoffs."

Patterson averaged over 22 yards per attempt last fall, posting 11 receptions for 241 yards and two scores.

"I can use my speed to run by guys and my strength to out-muscle them," Patterson said. "Last summer I ran a 4.38 before our season, so I can do whatever it takes with my size and my speed and I'm strong too (315-pound bench press) so that helps in getting off press-coverage and going for jump balls.

"I like to be physical and get the ball in my hands and then get out and run, but if I have to run go routes all the time, that's cool too as long as we're winning and I'm helping out, that's what I want to do."

Patterson prepped at Oceanside High School in California and he was recruited by several Mountain West and WAC schools after a fine senior season. However, he didn't make grades so he had to look around for a JC program he could go to and he said Palomar was the best fit.

"I had Colorado State, San Diego State and New Mexico all looking at me," Patterson recealled. "My grades weren't good though so I had to go JC and the coaches here at Palomar are good and they get their guys moved on to the next level. That was really important to me."

So far, Patterson is hearing again from Colorado State and they could be close to offering the talented wideout.

"They said they want to see my film," Patterson said. "Once they see it they said if it's as good as they expect it to be, they'll probably offer me.

"It's early so I'm going to be real patient, but it would be nice to get that first offer under my belt. That would help take some of the pressure off."

Patterson expects to finish up his two-year degree in December and enroll early wherever he ends up. Once he steps on campus he'll have three years to play two.

We'll continue to follow Patterson and update things as they change.

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