It is almost a given that Long Beach Poly (Calif.) High will have at least one Division I-A wide receiver prospect every year. California-bound DeSean Jackson got the headlines last season. This fall, Travon Patterson likely will follow in Jackson's footsteps.
The 5-foot-10, 160 pound Patterson, who runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.4 second range, will be one of the fastest receivers in his school's region.
So which team is the early leader for Patterson's services?
"USC is my top school right now, I've always liked them ever since I was a kid," Patterson said. "Cal, UCLA, Oregon and Washington State are my other favorites. I like the Pac 10 and I want to stay close to home."
Patterson put up solid numbers last season despite Jackson being the team's go-to guy. Patterson earned first team all-league and All-CIF honors after catching 26 balls for 612 yards and three touchdowns.
Academically, Paterson is carrying a 3.0 GPA and will attend the Southern California Nike Camp on April 10 in Los Angeles.