Last week was especially valuable in the recruitment of Don'yeh Patterson because the Compton (Calif.) Dominguez wide receiver watched practices at UCLA and USC.
Since both are hometown schools, Patterson is serious about them and he said there were similarities in how things were run. He was impressed by it all.
Late in the week, Patterson stopped by UCLA and he said the coaching staff showed lots of interest in him but neither the Bruins nor Trojans has offered yet.
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The 6-foot-2, 192-pound prospect said the Bruins' coaches were especially impressed by his size but Patterson said an offer probably won't come until he works out at summer camp.
"I liked it a lot," Patterson said of UCLA. "The coaches were cool. I liked how the practice was run. Everything was smooth and everything looked good.
"They do have a live practice. They were doing hitting drills early and it was very intense the whole time. They do it different than a lot of other schools."
So far, Patterson has been offered by Arizona, Idaho and San Jose State so he continues to be patient as things pick up in his recruitment.
The Compton Dominguez standout said he totally understands he'll have to work out at USC and UCLA this summer to earn offers and he's more than willing to compete.
Patterson, a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, was especially impressive earlier this spring at the NLA 7on7 in Las Vegas.
He hopes to continue putting up strong performances leading up to his senior season. It could help him land many more offers including local ones.
"I got to talk to the (UCLA coaches)," Patterson said. "They said make sure I get to camp in the summer. They said they like me a lot, they like my film, and they didn't know I was this big. I think I'm going to have to camp to get the offer.
"USC and UCLA are very similar how they run practice, the pace and the style of the practice is all fast. I really liked both."