Long Beach Poly (Calif.) wide out Travon Patterson was offered a scholarship by his dream school, the No. 1 ranked USC Trojans, this past Wednesday. An article in Friday's Long Beach Press Telegram quoted Jackrabbit head coach Raul Lara saying Patterson jumped on the offer but it doesn't sound like the gifted wide out is ready to go public with that just yet.
Patterson, 5-9, 160 pounds is a gifted athlete with great speed and moves in the open field. He's an elite punt returner and arguably the top wide out in the region in terms of his ability to run after the catch. He's electric when he has the ball in his hands and is a great fit for the slot position at the next level.
"I was very excited when USC offered," Patteson said. "They called me on Wednesday night and made the offer. They said they watched some more senior film and liked what I could do. USC is where I've always wanted to go. It's a great program, close to home and I love the coaches and the offense they have."
As for the commitment?
"I'm not ready to make anything public yet," Patterson said. "I have some trips I want to take first and then I'll be ready to make a commitment. I'm going to Washington State next weekend (Nov. 11) and Arizona (Jan 13). I've already been to Oregon and had a great time there as well.
"USC is definitely my top school and it's a great honor to get an offer from them. I know they're still recruiting some other receivers too but that's fine. Right now, I just want to focus on our next couple of games, have fun of my trips and then when I feel the time is right, I'll make a commitment."